Bal­ly­fer­riter cy­clists sets off on epic 12,000km cy­cle

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - COMMUNITY NEWS - Awards for Camino Film

BAL­LY­FER­RITER cy­clist, Tomás Mac an t-Saoir set out from Cairo on Fri­day to be­gin his epic 12,000km to Capetown at the south­ern tip of the African con­ti­nent.

Al­though his first days in the sad­dle were not with­out in­ci­dent, he has reached Luxor the world fa­mous home to the Val­ley of the Kings and other great mon­u­ments. He plans to take a day to go sight­see­ing and will con­tinue with his fundrais­ing jour­ney on Thursday.

It is not all hard graft; shortly af­ter his ar­rival in Cairo last week the Ir­ish Am­bas­sador to Egypt Seán O Re­gan ar­ranged a re­cep­tion for Tomás at his of­fi­cial res­i­dence.

The young cy­clist is rais­ing money for the Dónal Walsh Live Life Foun­da­tion; this is his sec­ond out­ing to raise funds for the Blen­nerville-based char­ity, fol­low­ing from his coast to coast cy­cle in the USA last year.

Though far away and trav­el­ling alone, he is pro­vid­ing up­dates on his ac­tiv­i­ties and en­coun­ters on var­i­ous so­cial me­dia chan­nels, where he re­ports that the fund-rais­ing is pro­gress­ing well with do­na­tions now amount­ing to €8,614 of his €17,595.00 tar­get.

For up­dates on his progress you can view his so­cial me­dia ac­counts where Tomás posts reg­u­larly. Daily progress can be seen at the fol­low­ing so­cial me­dia ac­counts.

Twit­ter: @SearsToms, In­sta­gram: searstomas, Face­book: tomasafrica­cy­cle. To do­nate to the cause he is sup­port­ing go to www.ido­nate.ie/ cy­clin­gafrica DOC­U­MEN­TARIES on the Camino voy­age un­der­taken by naomhóg from Dublin to San­ti­ago de Com­postella have re­ceived award­sThe epic story of the jour­ney of Naomhóg na Tinte, crewed by Domh­nal Mac a tSithigh, Breán­ndán Ó Beaglaíoch, Bre­andán Ó Muirc­heartaigh, Liam Holden, Glen Hansard and Liam Ó Maon­laí has caught the imag­i­na­tion of both film and tele­vi­sion crit­ics alike.

The tele­vi­sion se­ries ‘Camino na tSáile’ was awarded the award of Sraith Teil­i­fise na Bliana at the Oireach­tas and the fea­ture-length film en­ti­tled ‘ The Camino Voy­age’ re­ceived the Ir­ish Screen Doc­u­men­tary Award for 2018 in New York in Oc­to­ber.

Tomás Mac a’ t-Saoir­sigh

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