On Sunday evening, the 19th annual Tour de Munster charity cycle came to a thrilling end in Cork City, as over 100 amateur cyclists tackled the notoriously steep St. Patrick’s Hill to the sounds and cheers of supporters.
Since Thursday, August 8th, cyclists have been tackling the roads of Munster as part of the 600km, four-day Tour de Munster charity cycle, raising vital funds and awareness for the Munster branches of Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) and individual beneficiaries.
Long term supporter of the tour, cycling legend Sean Kelly once again cycled the 600km trip, leading the tour through the beautiful towns and villages of Munster. The tour started in Cork City on Thursday morning and covered an average of 150km per day as cyclists and support teams made their way through Waterford, Tipperary, Limerick, Clare, Kerry, and then back to Cork on the final day.
Since its inception in 2001, Tour de Munster has raised over €2.78 million for its beneficiaries, with almost €2.3 million for DSI alone. This year’s tour was a special year as it celebrated the tenth year with Down Syndrome Ireland Munster branches as the main beneficiary of the tour.
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Photo credit: Diane Cusack