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Tour de Munster 2009 sets off from City Hall

 2009 August Sean Kelly signs 

Pictured above Sean Kelly signing the Visitors Book in City Hall prior to the start of  the Tour de Munster with Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr. Laura McGonigle

Cycling legend, Sean Kelly, led 80 amateur cyclists on Thursday 12th August from the City Hall in Cork on a 600km Charity Cycle around the six counties of Munster in four days. The cycle known as the Tour de Munster is now in its 9th year. This year all proceeds raised will go toward the Chernobyl Children’s Project International (CCPI)for the “Chernobyl Heart Appeal” which seeks to save the lives of children born with heart defects as a result of the Chernobyl disaster. 

 Sean Kelly has been an avid supporter of the Tour de Munster for the past three years. He will cycle with the group for the four days of the tour, an average of 150 km per day. The cyclists are delighted that famous Sports commentator Phil Liggett will also be joining them for the Saturday and Sunday stages of the tour as he warms up as commentator for next week’s Tour of Ireland.

 2009 August Sean Kelly group pic tour de mun

Cyclists participating in the Tour de Munster pictured outside City Hall with Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr. Laura McGonigle and Miriam Forde, Fundraising and Communications Manager with the CCPI team  

There are huge logistics involved in organising a tour like this but having nine years of experience has stood to Tour Organiser Paul Sheridan. Many of the courageous cyclists have cycled the Tour de Munster with Paul year after year. Some cyclists are also involved in triathlons, marathons and even undertake cycling holidays while abroad, navigating tricky passes in the mountains of France and Italy. However, for some, this is their first Tour de Munster and completing this journey will be a spirited achievement. The cyclists involved come from all parts of Ireland as well as Belgium, France and even South Africa.  They have been training for months and all are united in the common goal of finishing the tour and raising as much money through individual sponsorships and also through the bucket collections which will take place over all stages of the Tour de Munster. It is worth nothing that each cyclist covers their own expenses so that all money raised goes directly toward the Chernobyl Heart Appeal.

The Irish Examiner, Red FM and Spin South West who are the Official Media Partners of Tour de Munster 2009, will cover up to date information running up to and during the event.  Information is also available on www.tourdemunster.com or on the blog http://tourdemunster.wordpress.com/

 

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