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Mizen2Malin: preparations intensify for charity cycle

The crew involved in this weekend’s Mizen2Malin charity cycle suffered a setback this week with the news that one of their fellow cyclists incurred an accident at work, rendering him unable to participate.

Gerard Murray suffered a broken wrist in a fall and, although now unable to cycle his way through the country, he is not content to rest on his laurels and will take on the role of team manager, heading up the cyclists’ support crew.

Having initially come up with the idea of the cycle, and as one of the main organisers, Gerard is naturally disappointed at the recent turn of events.  However, he is insistent the event goes ahead, honouring the generous sponsorship received to date and the cyclists’ commitment to the benefitting charities.

The amateur cyclists – Gerard McMonagle, Michael Cowan, Gerard McKenna, Rory Trainor, Pat O’Hare, Damien Duggan, Pablo Alvarez and JB Murphy  – commence their grueling challenge this Friday, June 26th, cycling almost 600km from Mizen Head to Malin Head in just two days.

A raft of sponsors have come on board to support the task, for which the cyclists and their team of organisers are extremely grateful.

The Mizen2Malin cycle will kickstart a number of fundraising initiatives currently being organized by the team and their supporters.  The benefitting charities of Marie Curie Cancer Care and Southern Area Hospice Services have been chosen in memory of the late Eugene Donaghy from Crossmaglen, a tireless community volunteer and great friend to many.

Fundraising events include a raffle for two tickets to the sold-out Ed Sheeran concert, taking place in Croke Park in July.  All proceeds from the raffle will go to the benefitting charities and tickets are on sale in local businesses or you can donate online through the event’s just giving page – – where your name will be entered in the draw.

Meanwhile Crossmaglen town square is the venue for another unique event – a fundraising ‘Rock the Boat’ – which will take place on Sunday 12th July.

A similar event was held in Keady in 2013 with excellent success and the team behind Crossmaglen’s challenge is hoping the people of the area will get behind them and come out in huge numbers.  Anyone of any age can take part and everyone is actively encouraged to become involved in this one-off event so bring along your friends, neighbours and even your granny, and ‘rock the boat’ in Crossmaglen.

Rocking the boat will be the highlight of an afternoon of family entertainment in the town from 2-5pm with a live DJ, bouncy castles, face painting and lots of other free fun for kids.

Fundraising will continue the following weekend, Sunday July 19th, with a Car Run covering the south Armagh area.  All makes and models of cars and vans, vintage, modern or sport, are invited to join in what will be a colourful cavalcade through the area’s towns and villages.  The tour will start and finish in Crossmaglen, taking in Newtownhamilton, Whitecross, Camlough, continuing via The Sportsmans Inn, Ravensdale, and returning via Forkhill and Silverbridge.

Cost for participation is £10 per vehicle with registration outside Superbites from 1pm on the day.  The Run will commence at 3pm.

Further planned events include a Ladies Night on 8th August.  This event will be held in the Rangers Hall and is exclusively for the ladies with live music and fabulous prizes to be won.  A great excuse for the ladies to have a night out!

For a full update on planned fundraisers taking place throughout the year visit or the group’s facebook page Mizen2Malin Charity Cycle.

The continued support from the whole community for these fundraising initiatives in aid of two wonderful charities and in remembrance of one of Crossmaglen’s greatest advocates is greatly appreciated.