Day 189: (Roscrea (Tipperary) Killaloe (Co Clare) – Approx 45km – Distance travelled so far 11,345km “Morning Mass, A cycling cavalcade, garda escorts and coming back to our family)”

Today we are just 35-40 kilometers from completing this journey. It IMG_0495 Moneygall     3693991244_e785e8f1b2_z
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     started over 6 months ago and took us through 18 countries.
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How naive we were
 Its difficult to comprehend.  We decide to head to mass in Nenagh.  It is being said by an ex teacher of all of ours, Fr Pat Molone.  We walk in (to some bizarre looks). Fr Pat notices us during his sermon and announces our arrival and our adventures to a round of applause by his clergy.  It is fun.  We are invited for refreshments after mass with Fr Pat, where then we will cycle out to Killaloe with a team of fellow cylists made up of family, friends and cycling enthusiasts who heard about what we were at.
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The crew
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Laura and Eilish – The press!
 Little did we know was that we would be given a full Garda Escort from Nenagh onwards.  It was such a buzz…who wouldn’t like it!!!!….
Photos were being taken as we cycled with all our family and mates side by side in ridiculously poor weather.  The roads were so familiar that our cycling seems like such an unconscious action to us, pedaling up close to people, avoiding such nuances in the road with ease, having a drink, adjusting in the saddle; things that would make us wobble and very conscious of just a couple of months ago.  We are hardened and experienced cyclists now.

As we arrived over the bridge of Killaloe in our native Co Clare, we could see our family, girlfriends and friends lining up waving with tear-filled eyes….It was pretty emotional for us hardened cyclists!! The Killaloe Search and Rescue team also gave us a great homecoming too!!….Crazy crazy stuff….Like a Carnival in Rio…It is fantastic to be home…We earn some fine pints of Guinness and are awarded a beautiful wood carved piece by The Anchor Inn.  The Share a Dream Foundation also say some very kind words and highlight the ongoing work of the Charity……The final thing we do is cycle in the gates of our on homes, before partying the night away back in Killaloe…..Yahooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!! Check out Gordon Thompsons pictures of the homecoming – They are pretty class!!!

IMG_0505Mike and Brian and their cousin David cycling up the hill to home

Its all over…..What can we say?…..We would like to thank all our families, girlfriends and friends for all their patience and support over the last 6 months.  It was just terrific and wont be forgotten.   We would like pay tribute to the Share a Dream Foundation and committee for what can only be described as heroic efforts in raising such funds for a very noble childrens charity.  For all the donators on www.thaireland.ie, who throughout the cycle kept raising the awareness of the charity….Thanks so so much.  For all the people who sent us such nice texts, mails, wrote news articles and memos, this was of such a lift to us you wouldn’t believe!!!!  For all those who did anything else….cheers guys!! From all of us, Thanks so much. Mike Brian and Paul. (Thaireland 08/09) P.S; Get on those bikes of yours!!! See you around!!!

 

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