A Kiltoom man is celebrating his 70th birthday in style by cycling from Malin Head to Mizen Head to raise money for two local projects in South Roscommon. Retired army officer, Seán Kilbride started the journey earlier this week and has already raised almost €4,000, with a target of €12,000. Mr Kilbride is being supported on his journey by his wife and coach Debbie. They are the parents of well known St Brigid’s and Roscommon county players Ian and Senan.
The South Roscommon GAA club posted today that Mr Kilbride is “burning up the miles”
“So far, his route has taken him from Mizen to Macroom, Adare and Terryglass in Tipperary.
Today, Sean sets off from his home on his journey to Sligo. Tomorrow, his destination is Ballybofey and he finishes in Malin on his final day, Day 7. Not bad going,” the club said.
Mr Kilbride is hoping to raise money for two local projects in Kiltoom.
“The first project is a development project in St Brigid’s GAA club, of which I am a proud member,” he said on his fundraising page.
“The project includes a major renovation of our clubhouse and a new building to house a gym and community room. The latter will provide club members and the wider community with an additional facility for team and community group meetings and for social gatherings. The gym will add another dimension to our fitness-related facilities for both our football teams and the local community.”
The second project is the Kiltoom Sensory Garden and Carpark at Ballybay National School and Church. The garden is designed to provide a natural amenity area based on the sensory experiences of colour, sound, touch, taste, and aroma.
“It will incorporate information plaques, pathways and seating where young and old can enjoy quiet moments in communion with nature. The garden will be an oasis of calm in times of stress and especially for those on the autism spectrum,” he said.
Both projects are being partially funded by Leader Partnership, but both organising committees have to provide considerable funds from their own resources.
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