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7th Shannon Harbour High Nelly Fun Cycle

Thursday, 9 August 2018

7th Shannon Harbour High Nelly Fun Cycle thumbnailRebecca Egan, the Dubai Rose of Tralee cutting the ribbon to start the fun cycle, watched by her twin nieces Jana and Roisin Egan and their friend Kaylee O'Connell.

A large crowd assembled on a selection of bikes ranging from High Nellies to ultra modern bikes for the 7th Shannon Harbour High Nelly Fun Cycle. The shone down on the smiling faces of the crowd of nearly 100 entries. The ting, ting of cycle bells echoed round "The Harbour" as the cyclists awaited the signal for a gentle roll off outside McIntyre's pub.
Rebecca Egan, the Dubai Rose, duly welcomed everybody and did the the honours by cutting the ribbon for the start of the fun cycle. Michael Lyons and family were in charge of water supply, whilst Dominic Ryan acted as back up and rescue vehicle. Claire Corcoran and her daughter Caoimhe aged two in November, looked forward to the cycle with the youngest entrant navigating from the pillion seat. The age range was completed by Martin Smyth, 83 years young. Patrick Kenny was on a three wheeler, a popcorn selling bike. Sure the farmers are having a hard time with the dry weather! Alan Dempsey represented Birr Cycling club as usual.
The peloton was led out by a couple of clowns, namely Margaret Lyons and Valerie Flynn. I'm told they wern't the only ones around! Anyway they looked resplendent in their costumes as they merrily blew bubbles from their seats in the trailer of honour.
Whilst the cyclists were wending their way to Banagher and back, the Rose of Dubai was facepainting her nieces, twins Jana and Roisin Egan, and their friend Kaylee O'Connell. We are very grateful that Rebecca took the time out of her busy schedule to open the "High Nelly" for her community.
Marty Guinan recreated the look of the High Nelly era with a Sunday Best costume of collar, tie, waistcoat and pocket watch. He had an attache case on the back carrier of his High Nelly and was fully in character on his bike. Frankie Shaughnessy from Cloghan led the cyclists home. Noel Guinan, Christy Slevin, John Egan, Shirley and Dermot McIntyre, making space from their heavy workload, were spotted at the finish as well as the Flannerys, Connie, Michael and Geraldine. Paddy McDonnell, the Shannon Swimmer from Cloghan, who raised over €6,000 for charity took part. I used to see him in the pool in Birr flying up and down like a salmon. Well done. Kevin Leybourne organised the marshalls, Brian Kenny, Brian Guinan and Finian Kenny from Australia on their vintage two stroke mopeds, whose engines sang as sweetly as a blackbird. Thanks to the committee, Chairman Patrick Kenny, Michael Lyons, Dominic Ryan, Margaret Lyons, Shirley McIntyre and Ruth Lynch who supplied the food and refreshments. Well done everybody, we are looking forward to the raffle in Mcintyres tonight. 1st. prize a High Nelly bicycle. Donations thanks to Shirley and Dermot McIntyre, David Grant, Bertie Nevin and Cutting Crew.

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