Cycle crew sets €1m target for charity

By Maurice Garvey

THE Laurels Cycle crew aims to reach the €1 million mark in their fundraising efforts for children’s charities, via their annual Galway to Dublin cycle on April 5-7.

Over the last ten years, the crew has raised €945k for two children’s charities – CMRF Crumlin and Straight Ahead.

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Cyclists will be taking part in the Laurel's Cycle Crew event from Galway to Dublin. (Photo by Ben Ryan)

Established in 2009 by Laurels bar manager Damien Long and head barman Denis McCarthy, the crew host two cycle events annually – Galway to Dublin in spring and the Christmas Santa Cycle from Phoenix Park to Clondalkin Village.

Organisers say they need another 150 people to join them on their cycle to reach their fundraising target.

 “We’re so excited for the Galway to Dublin cycle,” said Damien Long.

“It will be physically and mentally tough, but it’s all to raise vital funds for two extremely important causes. It’ll be a lovely few days full of craic. We’re calling on the public to join and support us for a day with one common goal – to do whatever it takes to help some of Ireland’s sickest children.”

Fiona O’Malley, Head of Communications at CMRF Crumlin, said they are “overwhelmed” by the support they have received from the Laurels crew.

She said: “Every year, they arrange amazing fundraisers to help some of Ireland’s sickest children, and this year is no different. Everyone who takes part in this cycle comes home with an amazing experience and a real feeling of accomplishment. We’re so appreciative of anyone who fundraises for us, because every sick child deserves every chance.”

The cycle route of over 210 km will be split into three days, covering an average of 70km per day, starting on Friday, April 5, and finishing on Sunday, April 7.

 Members of the public interested in signing up can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. THE Laurels Cycle crew aims to reach the €1 million mark in their fundraising efforts for children’s charities, via their annual Galway to Dublin cycle on April 5-7.

Over the last ten years, the crew has raised €945k for two children’s charities – CMRF Crumlin and Straight Ahead.

Established in 2009 by Laurels bar manager Damien Long and head barman Denis McCarthy, the crew host two cycle events annually – Galway to Dublin in spring and the Christmas Santa Cycle from Phoenix Park to Clondalkin Village.

Organisers say they need another 150 people to join them on their cycle to reach their fundraising target.

 “We’re so excited for the Galway to Dublin cycle,” said Damien Long.

“It will be physically and mentally tough, but it’s all to raise vital funds for two extremely important causes. It’ll be a lovely few days full of craic. We’re calling on the public to join and support us for a day with one common goal – to do whatever it takes to help some of Ireland’s sickest children.”

Fiona O’Malley, Head of Communications at CMRF Crumlin, said they are “overwhelmed” by the support they have received from the Laurels crew.

She said: “Every year, they arrange amazing fundraisers to help some of Ireland’s sickest children, and this year is no different. Everyone who takes part in this cycle comes home with an amazing experience and a real feeling of accomplishment. We’re so appreciative of anyone who fundraises for us, because every sick child deserves every chance.”

The cycle route of over 210 km will be split into three days, covering an average of 70km per day, starting on Friday, April 5, and finishing on Sunday, April 7.

 Members of the public interested in signing up can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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