Former Minister Jimmy Deenihan is organizing a women’s only cycling event in Ballybunion in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland. The 60km challenge, the only one of its kind in the country, is open to cycling enthusiasts but Mr Deenihan promises it’s not just for the serious cyclists.  RTE Prime Time Presenter Miriam O Callaghan will start the race that will leave Ballybunion Health and Leisure Centre on Sunday, April 28th at 11am.

“As far as I know, it’s the only cycle that’s just for women in the country but we thought there already are marathons, mini marathons and 10km runs for women so why don’t we organize a cycle”, Mr Deenihan said. The idea first came about to him when Juliette O’Connell of Breast Cancer Ireland, herself a breast cancer survivor, spoke at an event at Listowel Food Fair. “Juliette is a keen cyclist so we invited her to come back and already there’s a lot of interest in it”, he added.

The event coincides with the Women in Media weekend in Ballybunion so Miriam O’ Callaghan, who will be in town for that event, agreed to start the race. Mr Deenihan says there’s another cycling event in Dingle the previous day so he hopes a lot of women might make a weekend out of it and travel to Ballybunion for the Women’s 60km fundraising cycle on the Sunday.

The route starts and finishes in Ballybunion and takes in Listowel, Tarbert, Ballylongford and Asdee. It costs €25 to register and Mr Deenhihan says because there are no major costs involved, all the proceeds will go to Breast Cancer Ireland.

To register contact 068-28111 or go to

Source: Kerry’s Eye