Local couple take on cycling challenge across 26 counties

Ciaran O'Hara and Amy McCay who will begin to cycle round Ireland today (DER0309TC1)
Ciaran O'Hara and Amy McCay who will begin to cycle round Ireland today (DER0309TC1)

This is the gutsy Derry couple who will begin a gruelling 1800kms cycle around Ireland this morning, all in aid of charity.

Greysteel man Ciaran O’Hara and his partner Amy McCay, of the Waterside, are cycling 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 two years, have always thought about doing something to challenge them and help others.

They decided to get on their bikes and come home to complete their challenge in ten days.

“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 said.

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.

They will sey off this morning at 7am from Sunvale Park, Greysteel and aim to return to the Guildhall at 6pm on September 13.

Ciaran and Amy will be welcomed back to the city by Mayor Martin Reilly and family and friends.

To support the couple go to www.facebook.com/MocharacycleofIreland