Council Honours ‘Home To Rome’ Cycle Which Raised €170k For Charities

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Tom Foley, on behalf of Home To Rome, accepts a special presentation from Mayor of Tralee, Jim Finucane at the Tralee Municipal District Meeting on Monday. Photo by Dermot Crean

THE Home To Rome Cycle, which brought Donal Walsh’s LiveLife message from Tralee to the Vatican, raised €170,000 for 24 different cancer charities.

The participants were honoured by the Tralee Municipal District of Kerry County Council on Monday, after Cllr Pa Daly suggested something be done by the Council to mark their achievement.

Tom Foley, Tralee, Maurice Brosnan  from Scartaglin and Tony Galwey, Currow, and many other cyclists from all over the country took part, while Caroline McConnell from Tralee was a medic with the group.

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“When we set off to do this we never thought it would be so big and that we would get this recognition. It was a great journey and a lot of money was raised for Kerry Hospice and other charities,” said Tom Foley, who also thanked Elma and Fionnbar Walsh for the opportunity to pass the Livelife message throughout the country.

Kevin Kelly, who came up with the Home To Rome idea, also spoke to the Council.

He said parts of the cycle were extremely tiring and some cyclists were suffering from heat exhaustion, but it was worth it when they arrived into Rome.

“The Pope wasn’t available to meet us though, he was watching Argentina play a World Cup match!” he said.

The cycle was captured on film by Irish TV and will be shown in a special programme over the Christmas period.


Tralee Municipal District councillors and management with people from the ‘Home To Rome’ Cycle at a special presentation on Monday. Photo by Dermot Crean

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