John & Dan McKevitt are going to cycle, in the company of some friends, the length of the country from Mizen head in Cork the most southerly point to Malin head in Donegal the most northerly point.
The idea was first mooted three years ago as a fund raiser for the Foy Centre in Carlingford, Co. Louth. The boys hoped to complete it in the autumn of that year. Unfortunately for a number of reasons the cycle didn’t happen.
The idea has now been resurrected and John & Dan will undertake the cycle starting August 10th2020.
Why now? The Foy Centre is a local community centre run entirely by volunteers. The centre provides a number of facilities to local groups including Soccer, Gaelic and The Carlingford Knights Rugby teams, Gymnastics, Indoor Football and Basketball as well as a meeting place for local groups. The building is also home to Gavin and Nichola Ring’s Singing Academy, Fitness with Marie, Little people Pre-school and The Orchard Bakery. The main source of income for the Centre is rent from those businesses and funds raised from plays produced by the local drama group.
Due to the recent Covid-19 outbreak, the Foy Centre has found itself with a massive financial shortfall. Obviously the tenants have not been able to operate and consequently there has been no rental income. The local drama group were in the process of putting on a production and that also had to be cancelled. The committee now find themselves in a position where they urgently need funds and it will not be possible to re-open unless some funds can be raised to meet essential bills like electricity, insurance and heating.
John & Dan were to be accompanied on the original cycle by their neighbour and friend Brian Conlon. Unfortunately, as most people know, Brian was taken from us far too soon by cancer. In memory of Brian, the boys want to share any funds raised with The Irish Cancer Society and The Marie Gorretti foundation.
John & Dan want to thank you in advance for your much needed support.
- Eileen Carroll
- Irene Finegan
- Pauric & Marguerita Flanagan
- Paddy and Mary Kirk
- Seamus Sloan
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