1 July 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Emyvale Cycling club hosted the Irish National Cycling Championships last Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th June. It was without doubt the greatest event in the club’s already long and distinguished history. Never before had such a mammoth undertaking in hosting the ladies, veterans and elite men’s road races and time trials been attempted. The club have previously hosted underage, junior and under 23 championships but never the seniors. The club and it’s members are extremely proud and privileged to have played their part in what was and may will be for a very long time the best National Championships in the history of Irish Cycling.

There are so many people to thank as no event as big as this is possible without the support of so many. Our main sponsor Monaghan Champion Milk and Vincent Gilhawley for his support, Universal Graphics, An Gardaí Suiochana under the direction of sergeant of Declan Mc Garvey, all our marshalls and motorbike marshalls and those from outside the club who marshalled also, our tea ladies and all those who prepared food, Tydavnet show committee for helping with thraffic, Monaghan Plant Hire for the use of roadside barriers, the Sliabh Beagh Hotel, Emyvale Leisure centre, the residents of North Monaghan for their consideration and patience and for coming out to cheer on the riders. We apologise for any inconvenience caused due to traffic and road diversions but safety was of utmost importance. Praise must go to the local tiday towns committees as the villages were decked out immaculately. Brendan Mc Aree of Mc Aree Engineering and David Smyth of Rally School Ireland for the use of cars. Maguire International Transport for parking facilities. The local clergy for facilitating mass and Sunday services to accommodate the racing times.Local media including Northern Sound Radio, and The Northern Standard for their excellent coverage of the events. Patsy Brady the race director without his vision and drive the races would never have taken place. Emyvale Cycling Club committee and all the club members who helped out. Barry Cassidy and Fergal Hughes who were in charge of marshalling and safety. Gerard Sherry and his team of workers who assembled the barriers each day and did the hard work of making the finish area safe and presentable for a race of this calibre. Thanks to all those who drove commissaires and lead cars. Credit must go to their planning as serious accidents were avoided. The Red Cross and ambulance crews who were on hand to help. Fintan Kennan and family for their generosity and providing electricity for the PA systems. Julie Mc Phillips and those who prepared the flower bouquets for the presentations. Scotstown GAA who provided the complex on Saturday and Sunday and its members who helped out with traffic and parking. Peader Mc Mahon who was present all weekend on the microphone keeping people abreast of everything. Murphy Video services who recorded the events and will have a dvd available soon. Gabriel and Kay Howard who advised and encouraged the organising committee all along and were present on the day. Monaghan County Council for the excellent condition of the roads. Local Councillors Sheila Mc Kenna and Sean Conlon for their work in ensuring the funding for road improvements were secured and Monaghan mayor Seamus Coyle. Fergal Brady of Brady car sales for the use of cars during the races and Rodeo Wrecks for their PA System which provided entertainment and commentary at the stage starts and finish.
There are probably people I have omitted and I apologise but to all those who contributed, a heartfelt thank you from Emyvale Cycling Club. You can all take a well earned rest until the next time!
The next club event is the Tour of Monaghan on the 24th July but after the having the All Irelands this will be a piece of cake!
Full report and results in The Northern Standard

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