Ardee Cycling Club has a new strip thanks to a team of generous sponsors.
The new strip is sponsored by Eamonn Kerr, Sean Kerr Providers, Ardee, David Arthur, Arthur’s Nurseries, Ardee, Peter Callaghan, Callaghan’s Butchers, Ardee and Frank Lynch, Upstairs at the Ferdia Arms, Ardee. Unvoidably absent was sponsor Eamon Martin, Wheels and Heels, Ardee
The club is thriving at the moment.
In May the club played a major part in the Cycle Against Suicide which stopped at Ardee Community School where the competitors were hosted by the Ardee Cycling Club.
Jim Breen, founder of Cycle Against Suicide, gave a very emotional talk on mental health and Jim, Rozanna Purcell, Colin Hayes and star musician Bressie spoke about their problems and how they cope.
Jim Breen said there will be another event next year which will continue to promote the motto of Cycle Against Suicide: It’s okay not to feel okay and it’s more than okay to ask for help.
Fifteen cyclists from Ardee Cycling Club covered the 85 km cycle from Ardee to Skerries.
Tommy Clarke chairman of Ardee Cycling Club said it was very successful event.
“The atmosphere was electric,” said Tommy’s wife Catherine who also did the cycle.
“There was great support from the community and everywhere we stopped people were very friendly and welcoming.”
The club also took part in the Davy McCoy Day to Remember by organising a 40k cycle.
Former Louth and St Mary’s footballer Davy passed away last December after a short illness, and a unique day of events was organised in his honour, in aid of Ardee Hospice Homecare.
The 40k cycle was open to all and attracted ahuge entry.
More recently they raised E2,435 for the charity Louth WATCH by organising a race during the Ardee Turfman Festival.
One hundred and seventy-nine cyclists took part for the charity event in aid of the blind and partially sighted.
Once agin the club received great sponsorship from the business people of Ardee.
Ardee Order of Malta were also there to help and many club members acted as marshalls on the day.
A special thanks went to Benny Grogan and his team .
The gardai were also a big help as they closed the roads.