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An Port Mór GFC in 146-mile cycle challenge to namesake restaurant in Co Mayo

Part of the funds will go to developing a second pitch, following the club's acquisition of Coyle's Meadow two years ago

Members and friends of a local GAA club are set to cycle 146 miles to raise money for the club and a rare diseases charity.

The challenge will take place on Saturday, September 17 and training is already well under way.

Cyclists will leave O’Neill’s GFC An Port Mór in Blackwatertown and make the journey to An Port Mór Restaurant in Westport, Co Mayo.

The award-winning restaurant is owned by former Blackwatertown man Frankie Mallon and is considered one of the finest in Ireland.

The aim is to do the cycle in one day and Sean Hegarty, from the club, said around 32 people have signed up so far.

Around half are planning to do the entire cycle, while the remainder will complete it in 50-mile relays.

It is being led by the Donnelly brothers, twins Conan and Conall, who are keen cyclists.

Some of those taking part are already clocking up 50 or 60 miles in training.

Mr Hegarty said part of the funds will go to developing a second pitch, following the club’s acquisition of Coyle’s Meadow two years ago.

It is also in the process of setting up a ladies’ club – the first official  ladies’ team in Port Mór.

Ten per cent of the money raised will be given to the NI Rare Disease Partnership (NIRDP) and the club also plans to raise awareness of the charity.

Anyone interested in taking part in the cycle or who wants to support it – there are sponsorship opportunities for businesses, families and individuals – should message the Facebook page or email apm2apm@mail.com.

You can also donate at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/apm2apm.

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