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Register today for the first event Cork City Cycle in Aid of Enable Ireland

Valerie Mulcahy and Minister Simon Coveney lean on bikes on a bridge over the river Lee

Simon Coveney, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government and Cork GAA legend, Valerie Mulcahy had good news for cycling and fitness enthusiasts as they announced a new date for their diary. Sunday 13th August, will see the inaugural ‘Enable Ireland, City Cycle Cork’ take place in aid of a new children’s centre in Cork. The people of Cork will be the first in Ireland to host this exciting event. This unique challenge, will see participants take to the streets and roads of Cork city and county for a timed cycle sportive event. Cyclists will traverse the city on closed roads and be given priority at junctions on outlying roads.

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Minister Coveney, was in his native Cork to help launch the new event, he said, “I am extremely pleased to launch the ‘Enable Ireland, City Cycle Cork’. Enable Ireland have been making a great impact on many people’s lives in Cork for a long time, and this is a great opportunity to give back to them. I know the people of Cork will be really keen to ensure this event is a success both for those who live in Cork and those who will be visiting Cork for the weekend. I’ll certainly be encouraging everyone to sign-up and get behind this good cause.”

Those looking for their summer cycling challenge, and a good cause to support, will need look no further than one of the distances of the 80km Classico or the 130km Grande, which are now open for registration. 

Multiple All-Ireland winning, Cork Footballer and Hurler, Valerie Mulcahy, said, “This event will be a great addition to the Cork sports and social calendar. I know many experienced cyclists who will relish the opportunity to ride through closed city streets, as well as challenging themselves on the timed climbs in North County Cork. But this race is for everyone and those who haven’t been on a bike for a long time will also be well able for this challenge. Cork will make a great setting for this event and it promises to be a great day.”

It is hoped Corkonians and people from all over Ireland will get on their bike for this summer cycle and support Enable Ireland who are building a new Cork children’s centre. The €7.5million project has already received planning permission and the aim is to open the new children's centre in 2020.

Speaking about the launch of the ‘Enable Ireland, City Cycle Cork’, Enable Ireland Chief Executive Fionnuala O’Donovan commented, “We have been delivering services to children and adults with disabilities in Cork since 1954. Over that time, the number of children requiring therapy and support services has increased significantly.  Our children deserve the best and we have set ourselves a challenging task to raise €7.5million to build this centre. We now ask the people of Cork, and further afield, to join us in making this centre a reality.”

Elite Event Management  have  been working with Enable Ireland, Cork City Council, Cork County Council and the Garda Síochána to run this event which aims to attract more than 5000 people to Cork for a weekend cycling festival, showcasing the best of cycling culture in the city. 

Find out more about Enable Ireland in Cork

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