RTÉ sports broadcaster, Jacqui Hurley and Dublin footballers Éamon Fennell and Eoghan O’Gara were on hand to launch the annual Tomás Mulligan Memorial Cycle in aid of Pieta House, the suicide crisis centre.
The route of the cycle brings it throuh Laois on the first day as it travels from Monasterevin to Portarlington and on to Athlone
The fun cycle, which is in its fourth year, is held in memory of Dublin footballer Tomás Mulligan who died by suicide in 2007.
This very successful event, organised by the Mulligan family takes place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th of August, this year’s destination is Athlone.
The cycle aims to raise awareness of the work carried out by Pieta House and to celebrate the lives of those lost to suicide.
The 275km route will start at Tomás’ local football club, the Good Counsel GAA club in Drimnagh, and will make its way towards Athlone going through counties Kildare, Laois, Offaly, Westmeath and Meath before returning to Dublin.
Last year over 70 cyclists took part in the cycle, raising €40,000 for Pieta House. Tomás’ father, Thomas Mulligan, hopes that more people will participate this year.
“We’re delighted to be running this cycle in Tomás’ memory for the fourth year,” he said. “The solidarity shown by Tomás’ friends and football colleagues every year reminds us that suicide is something which affects every town and village in Ireland. The cycle allows us to raise more awareness about Pieta House and actively spread the word around the country that there is help available.”
People can get involved by registering on tmcycle.pieta.ie. All money raised will go directly to Pieta House. Since opening their doors 2006 their 5 centres operating between Dublin and Limerick have helped 4,000 people. The demand for the services of Pieta House continues to grow.
For more information on Pieta House visit www.pieta.ie.