The highest nellie in Camross

Bridget Mitchel, Desmond Austin and Tina Chambers at the start of the Highest Nellie Challenge, at The Cut in the Slieve Bloom Mountains
Camross High Nellie Club have entered the Guinness book of records for having the largest number of high Nelly bikes at the highest point at one time

Camross High Nellie Club have entered the Guinness book of records for having the largest number of high Nelly bikes at the highest point at one time

Although Ard Erin is not the highest point in Ireland, the record stood on the Bank Holiday Weekend because there were in excess of one hundred bikes up there with 64 high Nellie.

It may have been a busy weekend throughout Laois, but a lot of the traffic took the road to Camross to take part in the U/10’S match between Camross and Mountrath where inter county hurler Zane Keenan presented the winners and runner up’s with their medals. This was followed with a thrilling and fun game between the same clubs but only the over thirties qualified. Camross won the u/10 game with Mountrath taking the second by three points.

The wonderful day offered all in attendance the chance to take in the breath taking views and aromas of the Slieve Blooms. The cyclists traveled down to Roundwood House for light refreshments and then onto Camross where Sean and Pauline Bergin of The Camross Inn put on entertainment and music for the remainder of the evening.

Cyclists from all over Laois, Killkenny, Tipperary and Carlow took part with some overseas cyclists also. The event proved to be a huge success and has inspired The High Nellie Club and the greater parish population to make next years August weekend an even better and moving weekend.

The proceeds are to be spent on refurbishment of The Muiriosa Centre in Mountrath who offer an excellent service for all their clients and the work will be carried out by members of the club and a few qualified personnel for some specific chores.

The organisers extended a huge thanks to all who donated spot prizes and our main sponsor Midland Hygiene Ltd. Thank you to all who officiated and assisted in any way and great credit to all.