Bothar cycle to pass through Offaly

A weekend cycling break, covering 260kms, and set to pass through Offaly will help fundraise to airlift livestock to families in need.

A weekend cycling break, covering 260kms, and set to pass through Offaly will help fundraise to airlift livestock to families in need.

Irish charity Bóthar is turning to pedal power to raise much needed funds for airlifting livestock to poor communities in Africa and Eastern Europe with a four-province cycle in two days.

The charity has put together an all-inclusive weekend cycling break (from Friday, July 13 to Sunday July 15) from Athlone, that will cross into each of the four provinces over the two days.

Entrants are asked, by what ever means, to raise €400, which will cover two nights accommodation as well as all hotel meals, picnic lunches and snacks.

The novel fund-raiser, which is part of the aid agency’s programme of activities to celebrate its 21st anniversary, is hoping to raise enough funds to cover the costs of airlifting 50 heifers later this year to families in Rwanda and Romania.

The break starts with a gathering at the Creggan Court Hotel, Athlone on Friday evening, July 13.

Saturday will see cyclists heading first into Roscommon and cycling the town around Lough Ree. The group will head to Lanesborough and Longford town before stopping in Ballinalee for lunch. The group will then cycle to Lough Gowna in County. Cavan, Granard, Edgeworthstown and Ballymahon before returning to the hotel.

At 8.30am on the Sunday the group will set off for Cloghan and Birr before entering Munster at the village of Riverstown in North Tipperary.

The group then heads north to Banagher. The journey back to the hotel is via the ancient monastic site of Clonmacnoise. The group will be back at the hotel ready for departure no later than 4pm.