Charity pedal power from Down Under

Ciaran O'Hara and Amy McCay who will be cycling around Ireland in aid of charity.

Ciaran O'Hara and Amy McCay who will be cycling around Ireland in aid of charity.

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A Derry couple will be using pedal power to raise money for charity later this year as they embark on a cycle around Ireland.

Greysteel man Ciaran O’Hara and his partner Amy McCay, of the Waterside, hope to cycle 1800kms around the country to raise money for the Foyle Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support.

The couple, who have been living in Australia for the last couple of years, have always thought about doing something to challenge them and help others. They decied to get on their bikes and come home to complete their challenge.

“Living abroad for so long, we have always had people asking if we were familiar with different parts of Ireland and we weren’t. The cycle tour will not only allow us to raise money but will benefit us by seeing our country”, Ciaran told the ‘Journal’ this week.

The couple have set themselves a gruelling target of ten days to cycle round the country after they set off from Greysteel on September 4.

“We have been training very hard and hopefully we are ready for it. The longest day we have on the bike is a journey of 200km which we aim to do in ten hours. We are optimistic we will make the journey on target.”

Ciaran says they chose their charities because Foyle Hospice has helped care for his family members and family friends in the past. Amy, who is an oncology nurse, chose Macmillan Cancer Support because of the research they do into cancer, as well as the care they give to patients and their families.

Local businesses can also support the couple in their challenge by taking out advertising slots on the jersey they will be wearing around the country. To support the couple or for more information go to www.facebook.com/MocharacycleofIreland