Sam Maguire in Maynooth to launch Galway Cycle

Dublin footballer joins students

Conor McHugh

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Sam Maguire launches 2017 Galway Cycle

All Ireland winning Dublin footballer, Eoin O'Gara with Edel Lambe, fundraising manager at the NRH and Sam Ward, President of the Galway Cycle, pictured at Maynooth University yesterday afternoon.

Dublin footballer Eoghan O’Gara was on hand – with the Sam Maguire Cup - to help launch the 2017 Galway Cycle, a charity cycling event run by Maynooth University students.

The cycle, which is the 30th edition of the iconic event, will raise funds for the Paediatric Family Centred Rehabilitation (Paeds) Unit in the National Rehabilitation Hospital, Dún Laoghaire.

The Galway Cycle, which is run by the ‘Maynooth Students for Charity’ cycling club, and sees more than 250 cyclists making the 400kms round trip from the college to Galway and back towards the end of March or early April every year.

Students pictured at the launch with Dublin Footballer Eoghan O'Gara and representatives from the charity.

The cycle will take place on April 7, 8 and 9 next year.

In its first 29 years, the Galway Cycle has raised over €1.5 million for numerous deserving  children’s charities through the efforts of its cyclists, the local communities and loyal sponsors.

The funds raised in 2017 will go towards equipping certain areas of the Paediatric Family Centred Rehabilitation Unit within the new Hospital build, namely the Therapeutic and Sensory Garden, the Therapeutic Outdoor Playground, the Multi-sensory Therapy Room and the Adolescent Den.

The Paeds Unit at the NRH delivers specialist interdisciplinary rehabilitation programmes to children and young people from throughout Ireland who have sustained an acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, limb absence (congenital or traumatic), and a number other neurological conditions, as a result of an accident, illness or injury.

"This is a big year for us," said the President of the Galway Cycle, Samantha Ward. "In 30 years we have raised over €1.5 million and this year we are very eager and delighted to add to that total by fundraising for the Paediatric Unit of the NRH, where amazing work is done for young people."

For more information, see galwaycycle.ie