Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Pádraigín ní Chadhla, Nora Halley and ‘Constable’ (Garda) Aidan McCarthy share a joke during Dungarvan Cycling Club’s re-enactment of Ireland’s First Cycle Race, 1869 in Dungarvan. Photo: John Foley

 

IN 1869, Richard Brennan, Dungarvan Postmaster, founded the Dungarvan Ramblers Cycling Club all of 150 years ago. The Club thrived and shortly after, there were enough members with bicycles to hold what would be Ireland’s first ever recorded cycle race. Today’s Dungarvan Cycling Club, carrying on a long tradition of cycling in the town, last weekend re-enacted that first cycle race in which upwards of 25 riders participated in period costume of one style or another.

It was a short race of just a few hundred yards, but it was sufficient to commemorate the event. History was made and the memory of those first competitive cyclists was honoured.

Regular races were held in the following years. Today, the members of a strong Dungarvan Cycling Club carry on the tradition and have recognised a true milestone in Irish history.

There will also be a ceremony in Grattan Square at 4.30pm on August 10 at which the Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. John Pratt will be accompanied by officials from Cycling Ireland and Dungarvan CC, as well as William Whelan from Dungarvan Museum Society. Nationwide will also be covering the anniversary events.

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By Tom Keith
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