Cy­cle or­gan­is­ers say thanks

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

FOR the past 21 years the Kells, Foil­more Com­mu­nity have been hold­ing a cy­cle for the ben­e­fit of the Valen­tia Lifeboat. The cy­cle com­mences from Caitin’s Pub in Kells and con­tin­ues through Foil­more, Cahir­siveen and via the Valen­tia Is­land Car Ferry to fin­ish in The Royal Ho­tel.

This year’s event took place on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 1. There was a worry pre­vi­ous to it that it might have to be can­celled due to weather con­di­tions. How­ever, though the day was quite windy, no rain came, and about 120 cy­clists – a nice mix­ture of adults, chil­dren and teenagers

– took part.

All cy­clists came to­gether in Re­nard Point to be fer­ried by the Valen­tia Car Ferry to Knight­stown ac­com­pa­nied by the Valen­tia Lifeboat un­der Coxswain Richard Quigley and crew. It made for spec­tac­u­lar view­ing as the lifeboat sailed at the stern and side by side with the Ferry play­ing with it in Fungie style fash­ion.

All par­tic­i­pants were greeted in the newly com­pleted and el­e­gant Func­tion Room of the Royal Ho­tel where they were treated to a quite im­pres­sive and var­ied ar­ray of re­fresh­ments, com­pli­ments of the Kells and Valen­tia com­mu­ni­ties.

The Valen­tia Lifeboat fra­ter­nity would like to sin­cerely thank all those cy­clists who helped make it a mem­o­rable day. Thanks also to The Royal Ho­tel, Valen­tia Car Ferry crew, Valen­tia’s JJ O’Con­nor who trans­ported the bikes, the stew­ards and the many cater­ers who dis­trib­uted re­fresh­ments in The Royal. The RNLI would also like to sin­cerely thank the peo­ple of Kells who have or­gan­ised this spe­cial event for the past 21 years. Long may it con­tinue.

The lifeboat ac­com­pa­ny­ing the ferry dur­ing the re­cent Kells - Valen­tia Cy­cle.

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