Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Round tower memento for Big Blue Box event

A replica of the round tower of old Kilcullen and its surrounding churchyard will be carried from Kilcullen to Athy tomorrow in the Big Blue Box Challenge cycle event, writes Brian Byrne.

The Challenge is in aid of funds for the Irish Heart Foundation and is organised and sponsored by Bank of Ireland, which will match all funds raised by the Challenge participants.

The Challenge cyclecade arrives in Kilcullen at around noon today from Naas. It is one of two groups which set off in Dundalk and Wexford respectively on 2 September, to tour parts of Ireland’s Ancient East. When it finishes on Friday next in Kilkenny, Bank of Ireland staff and members of local communities will have travelled by bike along the routes, through 29 towns.

As part of the Kilcullen fundraising activities, a ’10-Second Cycle Challenge’ will be held this evening between teams from the local pubs, starting at 8pm, on stationary bicycles. Weather permitting this will be outside Bank of Ireland, or in the Heritage Centre if it rains.

If you’re around town, come on town and cheer the incoming group from Naas this morning, and see them off at 11am tomorrow to Athy with a number of local cycling enthusiasts taking part.

The round tower replica, made by Joe O'Connor Engraving and Forde Crafts Ltd, will be presented to the community in Athy tomorrow.