CBS The Green Teacher To Cycle The Ring On A Penny Farthing

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CBS The Green teacher Anthony Cronin from Killarney with his Penny Farthing he will cycle around the Ring Of Kerry on Saturday. Photo:Valerie O’Sullivan

A CBS The Green teacher is one of thousands taking part in the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle on Saturday, but he’ll probably take a while longer to get around.

Anthony Cronin, who is from Killarney, will cycle the gruelling 180 km cycle on his Penny Farthing. He will leave his home in Ballydowney at 4.00am on Saturday morning and meet fellow vintage cyclists along the route.

Anthony was inspired by 16 year old Ian O’Connell from Killarney who sustained serious injuries in a cycle accident last year. The brave teenager came to public prominence on the Late Late Show with his inspirational interview saying ‘If you can’t stand up, Stand out’.

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Money raised by Anthony in the Ring of Kerry Cycle will be lodged to the Ian O’Connell Trust set up by the local Spa Club. The fund, will help meet his ongoing needs and the cost of any necessary adaptations to his home.

The event is the largest one-day charity fundraising event in Ireland, attracting thousands of leisure cyclists to complete the challenge across the scenic Ring of Kerry route. This year, the non-profit organisation is celebrating 35 years since the first cycle.

Cyclists can come and see classic handmade bikes from the last century and take part in the Old Velos Trike challenge at the Old Velos Vintage Expo, New Street Car Park, Killarney this Friday, July 6.

There will be fun for all the family, with a special Pedal in the Park taking place from Deenagh Lodge at 7pm on Friday  in association with Kerry Sports Partnership and Killarney Cycling Club.

Aiding Kerry start-up’s, Prosper Kerry Seminar also takes place in the Killarney Plaza Hotel from 7.30pm on Friday, July 6.

The Charity Cycle has an official start time of 7.30am on Saturday and there will be welcome celebrations after the finish line in Beech Road car park from 2pm, with food & drink and live music from The Aftermath, Rhythm & Sticks and much more.

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