More than 40 cyclists took to the streets of Limavady recently in memory of the late Barry (Boo) McGuigan, and to honour his charity work.
The cycle, which was in aid of Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice, set-off from Douglas’ Bar and circled through Aghanloo before circling back to the town.
The event was organised by Barry’s friend Rose Kilburn, who has continued the annual tradition after Barry’s death last year.
“This cycle has been taking place in the town for more than 20 years, and it was Barry who started it all; now this cycle takes place in his memory,” Rose told the ‘Journal’. “Every year Barry chose a different charity to raise funds for, and we are trying to continue where he left off. This year we chose the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.”
With sunny weather and clear skies above them, families and friends cycled side by side across the bridges of Aghanloo. In spite of numerous on-road repairs, Shirley Alcorn’s bike couldn’t endure the demand of the afternoon, and Shirley was forced to hang up her helmet early at the Coast Bar.
Meanwhile, Danny Mitchell decided to channel his inner Barry Boo as he stopped for a swim in the River Roe.
Sisters Gaynor Millar and Janine O’Neill decided to finish the ‘Tour De Limavady’ in style sporting tutus while roller-skating the final mile back to Douglas’ Bar. The day’s festivities were hosted in Douglas’ Bar with a barbecue and a raffle.
The bar’s owner, Rodney Douglas, says the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice is a very important charity to him.
“We chose this particular charity because I have family that attend the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice and benefits a lot from their support. The Children’s Hospice need funding from events like today because a large amount of their funds is raised through charity work,” said Rodney.
Participants of the memorial cycle included Barry Boo’s sons, Barry and Ciaran McGuigan.
“Everybody knows Barry Boo and everybody can tell you a story about him. Even at my age I can go anywhere and people are telling me stories I haven’t heard before, and that’s a nice thing at my age,” Barry told the ‘Journal’.
Ciaran spoke warmly of how well-loved his father was.
“Barry was a good old soul. He was such an important character, not only in Limavady, but all over the country,” said Ciaran.
The presentation of the money to Northern Ireland Children’s hospice will take place in Douglas’ Bar on Sunday 19th July.