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Cycle against Suicide Carlingford to Crossmaglen SpinOff

February 23, 2015

This Saturday 28th February a sea of 250+ orange coloured Cyclists will roll into the South Armagh Town of Crossmaglen, Cyclists from all over the Island of Ireland coming together with a common focus. To make a difference. To save lives. And ultimately to fight against Suicide on this Island.

The Cycle will depart on the 80KM Route from Carlingford at 10am SHARP, all Cyclists MUST attend the Safety Briefing at 9.30am, or they cannot take part, The Cyclists arrive in Crossmaglen for Refreshments, Entertainment and a Mental Health talk at approx 1245pm passing en route through Dundalk, Hackballscross, Shelagh and on into Crossmaglen, making the return via the same route leaving Crossmaglen at approx 2pm via Lordship and finish back in Carlingford for 16:30PM.

Registration is currently open online, with an Entry fee 10 euro if you are a cycling Ireland or  CAS club member, if you are not it will cost 30 euro taking in membership for insurance reasons and also available on the SpinOff morning in Carlingford at The Foy Centre, from 8.00am-9.30 am ONLY. Registration online is via

www.regonline.activeeurope.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1670241&fb_ref=Default&fb_source=message

Crossmaglen Community Association are delighted to welcome the Cross Border Cycle to the town and stand Shoulder to Shoulder with the aim of breaking the Cycle of Suicide. We urge local Businesses and community on the Cycles route to come out and show their support and volunteer on the day with Refreshments and Stewarding to show a true Céad Míle Fáilte to over 200 cyclists to the area.  The cyclists are due to arrive into the town at 1245pm via the Dundalk Road, passing the bottom of the square and by the hotel before entering the Main Square area at the Culloville road entrance., with entertainment and food available to all attending in both the square and the Community Centre. Due to this the Square will be CLOSED to cars parking from 8am-14:30pm, and we thank everyone for their co-operation in advance.

The organisers of the lunchtime stop in the town would like to thank Martin Hardware, Culloville Road, Superbites, Crossmaglen and NMDC for coming on board supporting the event. We would also like to thank Mona McEntee, Casey’s Eurospar, McNamee’s Bakery, Centra, McNamees Butchers, Crosby’s Butchers and McArdle’s Meats, Crossmaglen  and Seven Hill Bistro, Armagh who have generously offered to help provide refreshments and Robert McAllister from McAllister Interiors, Culloville, for providing the Bottled Water for the 250+ Cyclists who visit the town. We would also like to thank S&C entertainment for the donation of the marquee for the refreshments and cinema screen for our mental health talk in the community centre.

If you are interested in volunteering or donating refreshments or helping out on the day, please contact Damien Martin on 30868690, Gerard McMonagle at Superbites Crossmaglen or Gerard Murray via Facebook, or by coming along to the Community Centre on the day from 11am.

We will Cycle Shoulder to Shoulder and spread our message that it’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help.

We emphasise Shoulder to Shoulder and therefore the Cycle will be following a Strict pace of 20km per hour led by a Pace Car, fully marshalled  with many Support Vehicles and Bike mechanics provided by JMC Cycles, Dromintee  and The Cycle Centre, Dundalk.

The committee of the SpinOff  Lunchtime Stop would like to thank Crossmaglen Rangers and Former Armagh Star Aaron Kernan for coming on board as our Ambassador for our spinoff and Oisin Mc Conville for agreeing to be one of our Mental Health Speakers,  and the Management and Staff of The Examiner Newspaper,  your support is very much appreciated, and also thank the local An Garda Síochána and PSNI and NIFRS for their assistance thus far, and with their co-operation ensuring this will be a Safe, Enjoyable and Educational day for all sections of the community.

Cycle Against Suicide is an initiative started by Irish entrepreneur, Jim Breen, as a result of his appearance on RTE’s The Secret Millionaire.  The main objective of the Cycle is to raise awareness of the considerable help and supports that are available for anyone battling depression, self-harm, at risk of suicide or those bereaved  by suicide.  The Cycle Against Suicide community is determined to let people in every corner of the island of Ireland know that; it’s OK not to feel OK and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help. Together, shoulder to shoulder, we can Break the Cycle of Suicide on the island of Ireland!

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