Charity Cycle Through East Cork Takes Place this Sunday for Ronald McDonald House

By Alan Sheehan

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This year’s Ride with Nico charity cycle is set for this Sunday, 15 October with the proceeds going towards Ronald McDonald House Charities Ireland.
Registration for the event will be held at 8.30am on the morning at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Little Island. A kids’ cycle, led by Irish professional road bicycle racer Nicholas ‘Nico’ Roche, will take place at 9am, before Mr Roche returns to helm the main adults’ cycle at 10am.
The 80km route will pass through Glanmire, Watergrasshill, Rathcormac, Ballincurrig, Lisgoold, Midleton, Cobh and Passage West before returning to Little Island.
This year’s cycle will raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities Ireland, a charity which provides accommodation and support for who have seriously ill children in hospital such as Crumlin Children’s Hospital.
A Celebrity Sports Q and A with a Merchandise Auction will follow the charity cycle less than a week later, taking place from 7pm on Thursday, 19 October. The Q and A with the auction will be hosted by Fota Island Resort, with proceeds going to both Ronald McDonald House Charities Ireland and Children's Medical & Research Foundation Crumlin.
The event will include autographs, photos and a questions and answers session with some of Ireland’s most decorated athletes. Said athletes will include: Olympian Derval O’Rourke, cyclist Eddie Dunbar, former Kerry footballer Tomás Ó Sé, Cork City FC manager John Caulfield, former Cork hurler Donal Óg Cusack (emcee), former Cork hurlers Brian Corcoran and Kevin Hennessy, Cobh Ramblers FC manager Stephen Henderson and jockey Davy Russell. Also included are Olympic race walker Robert Heffernan, former Munster and Ireland rugby player Thomas O’Leary, former Kerry football Aidan O’Mahony, and members of the Cork Camogie and Ladies Football teams.
Tickets for the Q and A with the Auction are available from the FOTA Island Resort, all Minogue Furniture outlets, the Village Greengrocer, the Ferry Arms and La Trattoria.
Those who wish to take part in the charity cycle can do so though the events page on Facebook titled Ride with Nico, or register on the morning of the event.

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