The 2nd Annual 3 Town Charity Cycle took place on Saturday 19th July 2014, and what a day it was. With the registration taking place at 11am, it didn’t take long for the car park at The Birchgrove Bar to fill with cyclists, Garda marshals, stewards, medics, supporters and volunteers of all kinds. There was a fantastic atmosphere leading up to the start of the cycle and just prior to the start of the event, it was announced that we had 125 cyclists, that’s almost double what we had last year. A fantastic turn out!!!
With the big cycle starting first, and the short cycle following not long after, the event got under way to a rapturous applause from all supporters. When we reached Portumna, we were greeted by the Portumna Mens Shed who gave us a very warm welcome, which we really appreciated, and we had a few cyclists join us from there also.
By 6pm nearly all the cyclists had arrived back to The Birchgrove, some a little more wet and tired than others, but everyone of them had said that the really enjoyed the day, one cyclist said:
“I haven’t sat on a bicycle in quite a few years but I loved every bit of it – Bring on next year!”
The Night that followed was amazing, the BBQ was in full flight and the food was great, people were laughing, joking and having a good time, the music and entertainment was brilliant, we really couldn’t have asked for things to have been any better.
By the time we got to the stage for the raffle for the big prize of the bicycle and for the other prizes we had sold almost all of the tickets available which again was a fantastic result.
The winner of the main prize of the bicycle and helmet, supplied by Barry Taylor Ballinasloe, was Mrs Marie Green, a local lady who bought her ticket in The Birchgrove Bar on the night. We would like to congratulate Marie and all of our prize winners and thank them all for showing us their support.
In the days that followed there was a lot of counting and double counting done to work out how much had been raised.
The final figure was……………….. €7,745!!!!
This is an amazing figure and again is over double from what we raised last year. This wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the people of Ballinasloe and the surrounding area getting together to show their support for us and our cause…..we cannot thank you all enough.
A special mention has to go to P.J. O’Connor and his family and staff in The Birchgrove Bar, we would not have been able to hold such a special event if it wasn’t for them and all their help, we look forward to seeing you all at our 3rd Annual Cycle next year! Thank you!!
We also need to thank Elma and Fionnbar Walsh, who travelled up from Kerry, along with some friends of theirs, to be with us and join us on our cycle, this was a huge honour for us, and we hope to see them again soon.
We plan on having our next 3 Town Charity Cycle on July 18th 2015 so everybody get this into your diary and get into training!
We need to say thank also to all that sponsored us, the generosity that the businesses and people of Ballinasloe and the surrounding area showed us, was immense and we are very greatful!
More pictures of the day can be found in our gallery
Once again this has been a fantastic experiance which was only made possible by all of you…..the people so THANK YOU EVERYBODY for your continued support!
The Birchgrove Bar, Barry’s Cycles, Easy Fix Rubber, Tom Fox, Tom Keane, Dunnes Garage, The Carlton Shearwater Hotel, The Kingfisher Gym, Kellers of Ballinasloe, Garbally Oil, Utah, Dubarry, Ballinasloe Golf Club, Cahalans Jewelers, Domac Plant Hire, Portumna Golf Course, Gibbons Pillar House, Brodericks Pharmacy, Naughtons Garage, Hubert Dolan, Haydens Hotel, Fletchers of Ballinasloe, Utopia Hair, Signs & Systems, Frank Kelly Motor Factors, Chris Daly Shoes, Moycarn, Michael Ward, Kariba, Unique Style Hair, Donnellys Florist, Healys Pharmacy, The Emerald Bar, Joes Bar, Dolans Garage, Downeys Bar, Grenhams Off-Licence, Noel Mannion, Babyworld Athlone, Seerys Cash & Carry, Costcutter, Gerry Stronge, Canning Hurleys, Sean Hogarty, Tesco, The Bread Basket, Supermacs, O’Connors Food Hall, Tony Carrol, Mal Croffy, Sean Connolly and Gullanes Hotel.