Building on two years of sportive success, Armagh Down Cycling Club is proud to announce this year’s Gullion Tour 2018! Setting off from Newry Shamrocks GAA on Sunday, April 29, The Gullion Tour offers cyclists from all over the island of Ireland the chance to take on one of two fantastic routes riding through the Ring of Gullion, an area of outstanding natural beauty.
And if the winding routes and beautiful scenery are not enough to tempt you to take part; this year, The Gullion Tour will be raising money for local charity, the Eamonn Morgan Trust.
The Eamonn Morgan Trust (EMT) was initially developed by members of Eamonn’s family and close friends in his local community following his tragic death in 2015. Eamonn was much loved and respected within Newry and had huge enthusiasm for many sports through both his teaching and coaching roles.
With Eamonn’s passion for sports in mind, the Trust strives to continue in his legacy by supporting local children to engage in sports and has already provided support for young footballers, dancers, runners, boxers, snooker players, the list is long and diverse.
“Much of the fundraising generated has been done through Eamonn’s friends and family, local sports groups, schools and the community,” explained EMT Chairperson, Declan Morgan. “So we are delighted to partner with Armagh Down Cycling Club this year to help raise more money to help benefit children in our community.”
Commenting on The Gullion Tour, Armagh Down CC Chairman, Benny Smyth said: “Once again, we are expecting a strong turnout and we welcome cyclists from across Ireland to join us and enjoy what the Ring of Gullion has to offer. This year’s event is already shaping up to be bigger and better. Those cyclists who have joined us in past years know all about the fine cycle that awaits them. If you haven’t experienced the Ring of Gullion, we urge you to join us on Sunday, April 29!
“Crucially, we very much hope to raise much-needed funds for our chosen charity, the Eamonn Morgan Trust. It’s vital for children to get involved in sports from an early age and by raising money we can help local kids to overcome any financial barriers that may hinder their participation in sport.”
A fully marshalled event, the Gullion Tour promises to be a fantastic day for riders of all abilities and there will be much-needed food and refreshments at the finish in Newry Shamrocks GAA. For the 100km route there will be an additional food stop at Jonesborough Pastoral Centre.
Registration is open from 8.30am at Newry Shamrocks GAA with riders departing at 9.30am. Minimum donation is £15/€15. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/armaghdowncc