Excitement building for Tour de Munster

Cycling legend Sean Kelly, Tour de Munster founder Paul Sheridan and DSI Cork member Jeni Kiely pictured with her brother Joey and dad John at the official launch of the 19th annual Tour de Munster charity cycle in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) and individual beneficiaries, hosted at DSI Cork's Field of Dreams on Thursday, June 27. (Picture: Brian Lougheed)

Preparations for the annual Tour de Munster event are well underway at present as participants are in full training and are collecting as much sponsorship as possible before they make the enormous 640km journey through the province. 

The cyclists will travel through this locality on Thursday, August 8 hitting Tallow and Lismore before going over the Vee and then through Clogheen, on to Cahir and continuing along their journey.

The primary beneficiaries are the Munster Branches of Down Syndrome Ireland and approximately €2 million has been raised to date through the Tour de Munster. 

Last year the brave amateur cyclists stopped for refreshments in Lismore and in Clogheen to keep energy levels up for the remainder of the cycle. 

The 4 day cycle begins and ends in Cork city – with the starting point marked at City Hall and the finishing line at the Clayton Silver Springs Hotel.