Pictured is Tony Quinn who will pass through Derry during his cycle of the Wild Atlantic Way. Tony is undertaking the 11 day solo charity challenge in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation. He will begin his cycle in Cork and will pass through Kerry, Clare, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Donegal. He will finish up the cycle in Co. Derry on 4th September.
The cycle will highlight the significance of the Irish pub to the Wild Atlantic Way as not only will pubs be central to serving tourists along the route, but they will also cater for all of Tony’s requirements along the way, including food and accommodation in Abbey B&B, Abbey street in Derry.
Tony Quinn said: “There are many fantastic Irish pubs and hotels along the scenic route of Derry which are major tourist attractions. I want to thank Abbey B&B in Derry who are supporting me along the route, it is an intense 11 day cycle and to have their support is absolutely vital.”
Padraig Cribben, Chief Executive of the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland said; “The importance of the Irish pub to the tourism industry in Ireland is there for everyone to see. We have played and continue to play a pivotal role in Irish tourism up and down the country. Recent research shows that over 80% of tourists use the pub for food and/or entertainment and it is the number one attraction.
“This charity cycle being undertaken by Tony is a case in point as the Irish pub will provide all of the food, all of the accommodation and all of the entertainment during his journey. Not only will the pub do this for Tony’s cycle but it will continue to cater for domestic and international tourists all year around.”
Tony will be accommodated at a number of pubs for the duration of the cycle and all proceeds will go the Irish Heart Foundation.