Local towns and villages to feature in stage 1 of 24th edition of Tour de Munster

Nenagh native Maya Gillick, 16, with Paul Sheridan, founder and organiser of Tour de Munster, Sean Kelly, and Jim Connelly of U-blok, at the recent launch of the 24th annual edition of the Tour de Munster charity cycle at Limerick’s Plassey House. (Pic: Brian Arthur)

The opening day of the 24th annual edition of the Tour de Munster charity cycle is set to pass through local towns, as participants look to pedal over 120 miles on their way to Killaloe in county Clare, having left Cork city behind them, all in an effort to raise vital funds for the Munster branches of Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI).

The Tour was officially launched recently by cycling legend Seán Kelly at Limerick’s Plassey House. Taking place from August 8th to August 11th, amateur cyclists will once again look to travel 600km across the six counties of Munster in efforts to raise vital funds for DSI.

The four day trek through the towns and villages of Munster will prove no easy feat however, with cyclists are motivated and driven by their shared goal of raising much-needed funds and awareness for the Munster branches of Down Syndrome Ireland.


Having departed Cork on Thursday, August 8th, passing through Midleton and onwards to Tallow, Lismore, over the Vee pass into Clogheen, Ballylooby and Cahir will be on the day 1 route, as cyclists look to complete the opening stage as they head for Limerick city, with final destination being Killaloe, Co Clare. Stage two brings participants onward to Tralee, a mere 96 miles, with day 3 bringing cyclists on a 94 mile journey into Kenmare. The final day will bring participants back to Cork city on an 83 mile ride.

The 24th Tour marks a significant occasion as the renowned charity cycle will contribute to the national charity for its 15th consecutive year. Since its inception in 2000, the Tour de Munster has raised a staggering €5 million for the Munster branches of DSI.

All of the money raised from Tour de Munster will help to provide the crucial support and services offered by DSI Munster branches to their members. Such vital services include Speech and Language Therapy, Employment Opportunity, Occupational Therapy and other life enhancing aid to people with Down syndrome and their families.

To donate to this year’s Tour de Munster, https://www.idonate.ie/event/tdm24 or for more information, visit www.tourdemunster.com