Tommy Raises Huge Sum For Enable Ireland

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Tommy Sheehy hands over a cheque of €10,870 to Sean Scally of Enable Ireland. Photo by Gavin O'Connor.

Tommy Sheehy hands over a cheque of €10,870 to Sean Scally of Enable Ireland. Photo by Gavin O’Connor.

A BALLYROE man has raised €10,870 for Enable Ireland after completing a cycling tour of Provence in the South of France.

Tommy Sheehy, who is originally from Castleisland, climbed Mount Ventoux in aid of Enable Ireland. The challenge covered Lyon to Nice over the rugged French countryside.

On this tour, Tommy conquered the just under 2,000 metre high Mont Ventoux which is nicknamed ‘The Beast of Provence’ in the world cycling community. He climbed the peak not once, but twice.

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The money raised by Tommy will be used to support Enable Ireland services in Kerry. To date Tommy has raised over €53,000 for the organisation through seven mammoth tours in total.

Money also raised through ‘spinnings’ – events where Tommy cycles continuously on an exercise bike in public for up to eight hours.

The cheque handover was extra poignant because of the loss of Tommy’s mother Kitty last week. Kitty was a huge supporter of Enable Ireland down the years and a driving force for Tommy in his endeavours to cycle mountain after mountain for charity.

Sean Scally of Enable Ireland in Kerry expressed his sympathy at the passing of Kitty Sheehy. “We want to thank the whole family for all the work she did over the years, we really do appreciate it,” said Sean.

“Tommy has been fantastic, the amount of fundraising he does is incredible. He’s out nine months of the year, added to all the planning and organising that goes along with it,” said Sean.

One Comment

  1. Linda Baker says:

    How wonderful Congratulations Tommy