UP to 100 cyclists will pedal a 35km spin around Cooraclare and Cree this Saturday, in the sixth annual Michael Garry Memorial Cycle.
The cycle, which is in memory of the late Cooraclare postman and GAA figure Michael Garry, will leave Cooraclare church at 1.15pm before heading for the Danganelly Tavern via Brisla and on towards Cree.
The cycle will stop at Knocknahilla Cemetery to pay respects to the late Mark Donnellan, who participated in the cycle. The young Cooraclare man passed away suddenly in May 2008. The cycle will later stop in Cree village, before heading towards Kilmacduane Cemetery, where Michael Garry is buried, via Alva and Clondreddan.
Thus far, the cycle has raised a total of €111,100 since it was first held in 2004. The figure raised in 2008 was €27,200, which seven charitable causes benefited from.
The Clare 250 Cancer Centre, the Munster branch of Spina Bifida, Cardiac Risk in the Young and Voices for Autism all received €5,000 in funding from the 2008 cycle. The Clare branch of the ISPCA benefited from a donation of €3,000, the Clare branch of the Alzheimer Society received €2,500 and the Bela O’Brien Fund was boosted by €1,700.
In 2004, €11,400 was raised; in 2005, €19,400 was raised; in 2006, €24,600 and in 2007, €28,500 was raised for charity.