And The Journey Begins….. Cycle Against Suicide

And The Journey Begins.....  Cycle Against Suicide

Early this morning, Irish celebrities Colm Hayes, Ryan Tubridy, Roz Purcell, Rosanna Davison, PJ Gallagher, The Heathers, Jason Sherlock, and Brent Pope joined over four hundred other cyclists, from all walks in life, as they set off on their bikes to begin what could be the most important cycle of their lives, the Cycle Against Suicide.


With up to 3,500 cyclists registered in total, the Cycle Against Suicide, an awareness building cycling event, will take place all around Ireland.  Covering over  1,400km in 14 days, the Cycle will visit towns and villages all over Ireland including Wexford, Waterford, Cork, Killarney, Tralee, Limerick, Galway, Ballinrobe, Sligo, Letterkenny, Moville, Manorhamilton, Cavan, Monaghan and Dundalk.


The Cycle will also be visiting 28 schools and colleges around the country, hosting mental health presentations and highlighting the local mental health services that are available in each location. 


The idea behind the project was developed by successful entrepreneur and international businessman Jim Breen, following the screening of a TV documentary ‘The Secret Millionaire’ which showed Jim visiting a suicide awareness group.


Speaking at the event, Jim said “3,500 of us are cycling some or all of the 1,400km over the next two weeks.  However, it’s been a much longer journey for many people to get to the starting line here today.  We’re all here with one goal – to cycle around Ireland – and Break the cycle of suicide!”


2FM’s Colm Hayes also spoke at the event, and said “We’ve dealt with the issue of mental health so much on our show and what became apparent from our discussions is how much physical health and mental health go hand in hand.  The Cycle Against Suicide really highlights this fact. We need to encourage people to talk about mental health openly.”


Cycle Against Suicide organisers are asking residents, and those living in the surrounding areas, to show their support by cheering on the cyclists as the peloton cycles through their home towns and villages.


For those wishing to get involved and help “Break the Cycle” of suicide in Ireland, you can do so by registering online at at least 24 hours in advance of the start of each day’s cycle, or at the on-site registration at the starting point of any of the legs. 


Details of the starting points of each leg, and any further information required, can be found at  


For further news, follow @CASuicide on twitter or visit Cycle Against Suicide on Facebook.


Cycle Against Suicide Arrival Times :

Day 1:

Monday 22nd AprilLoreto Secondary School, Vevay Rd, Bray, Co. Wicklow (12pm)Jack Whites Pub, Balynapark Brittas Bay, Co. Wicklow (3.30pm)Gorey Community College, Esmonde Street, Gorey, Co. Wexford (5.15pm)

Day 2:

Tuesday 23rd April Kilcannon Garden Centre, Old Dublin Rd, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford (10.50am)Presentation Secondary School, Grogan’s Road, Co. Wexford (12.30pm)Horse and Hounds, Ballinaboola, Wexford (3.20pm)Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford City (5.30pm)

Day 3:

Wednesday 24th AprilCrotty’s Inn, Lemybrien, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford (11.05am)Coláiste Chathail Naofa, Youghal Road, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford (12.00pm)Green Barn, Youghal,  , Co. Cork (3.10pm)Old Midleton Distillery, Co. Cork (4.25pm)City Hall, Anglesea St, Cork City (5.45pm) 

Day 4:

Thursday 25th April Halfway House (10.30am)Davis College, Mallow, Co. Cork (11.30am)Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore (3.25pm)St Brendan’s Seminary, New Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry (4.45pm)

Day 5:

Friday 26th April Firies GAA Ground, Farranfore (10:15 am)Tralee Institute of Technology, Co. Kerry (11.30am)Listowel GAA Grounds (2.15pm)Foynes Flying Boat Museum (4.20pm)Limerick Institute of Technology, Moylish Park, Limerick City (6.30pm)

Day 6:

Saturday 27th AprilCommunity Center Newmarket On Fergus (10.40pm)Ennis Community College, Harmony Row, Ennis, Co. Clare (11.45pm)NUI Galway, University Rd, Galway City (5pm)

Day 7:

Sunday 28th April Headford GAA Club (11.50am)Ballinrobe Community School, Convent Rd, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo (1.15pm)The Celtic Furrow – Ballintubber Abbey (3.40pm)St.Joseph’s secondary, Convent of Mercy, Castlebar, Co. Mayo (4.30pm)

Day 8:

Monday 29th April Foxford Woolen Mills (10.40am)St. Marys Secondary School, Convent Hill, Ballina Co. Mayo (11.45am)Skreen + Dromard Community Center (3.10pm)Sligo Institute of Technology, Ash Lane, Sligo (4.30pm)

Day 9:

Tuesday 30th AprilHarrisons Pub, Cliffoney, Co. Sligo (10.35am)Coláiste Cholmcille, College St, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal (11.45am)Biddy’s O’Barnes, Barnesmore Gap (3.05pm)Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal (5pm)

Day 10:

Wednesday 1st May Peppers Diner, Burnfoot Service Station (10.55am)Buncrana Community College, Crana Road, Buncrana, Co. Donegal (11.45am) Ballyliffin Golf Course, Inishowen, Co. Donegal (2.20pm)Moville Community College, Carrownaffe, Moville, Co. Donegal (4pm)

Day 11:

Thursday 2nd May Kee Service Station, Laghey, Co. Donegal (11.35am)Magh Ene Community College, Bundoran Co.Donegal (1.00pm)BeePark Community Resource Centre, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim (3.45pm)

Day 12:

Friday 3rd MayTop Petrol Station, Blacklion, Co. Leitrim (10.30)St Bricin’s College, Railway Rd, Belturbet, Co. Cavan (1pm)St Patrick’s College, Cullies, Co Cavan (3.30pm)

Day 13:

Saturday 4th May Applegreen Petrol Station, Clones (10.50am)St Louis Secondary School, Glen Rd, Monaghan, Co. Monaghan (12.15pm)Concra Woods Golf Club, Castleblayney (3pm)Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dublin Rd, Dundalk, Co. Louth (4.45pm)

Day 14:

Sunday 5th MayArdee Community School, John St, Ardee, Co. Louth (11.30am)O’Raghallaighs GAA clubhouse, Drogheda, Co. Louth (2.05pm)Skerries Rugby Club, Holmpatrick, Skerries, Co. Dublin (3.40pm)Garda Boat Club, Islandbridge, Dublin (5.45pm)



For further news visit , follow @CASuicide on twitter or visit Cycle Against Suicide on Facebook.

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