Garda cyclists take to the road for hospice

The group took off from Santry today
The group took off from Santry today

Up to 130 cyclists made up of Gardai and supporters, took part in a charity cycle today to raise funds and awareness for St Francis Hospice.

Now in its 26th year, the annual charity cycle - organised by the St Francis Hospice Garda Support Group - has raised more than €600,000 for the care facility and organiser Gary Kelly is hoping to add a big donation to their total this year. 

“We originally started as a small group when a colleague’s wife was cared for in St Francis’s,” says Gary.  “It’s grown over the years and we’ll have at least 130 riders taking part this year.

“At the moment it’s looking like we’ll raise about €40,000 this year which is fantastic and it will go to help the two facilties in Raheny and Blanchardstown.”

The group will be travelling from Santry to Carlingford covering 115km by the end of the day. 

“They’ll be tired lads by the time they hit Louth alright,” says Gary, “But we might be able to organise a lift home for them afterwards.”

If you’d like to donate to the group, many of the cyclists have registered on or you can donate directly to the Hospice here