March gales did little to deter the spirit of over one hundred and forty cyclists who participated in the inaugural Mount Sion CBS Secondary Cycle on Sunday, March 29th last. Cyclists came from Cork, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Wexford and Waterford to cycle to Callan (the birthplace of Blessed Edmund Rice, founder of the Christian Brothers) and back. The cycle was the first fundraising event in aid of the Mount Sion School Yards Project.
Many past pupils cycled in the 100km event and they enjoyed catching up with their past teachers before departing from the school. All of the cyclists were given a warm welcome (and plenty of coffee) in Callan from Br. Malachy Gillen, Br. Peadar Gleeson and Eleanor Browne. John Norris (Cycle Organising Committee), staff from ‘Spokes’ and ‘Waterford Cycle Centre’ provided invaluable support on the Callan cycle.
There was also a shorter 20km return cycle to Tramore. Over eighty cyclists went on this route – including many pupils, teachers and members of Mount Sion GAA club; we were delighted to see past pupils such as Ken McGrath and ‘Iggy’ O’Regan participating in the event.
Mount Sion CBS Secondary Parents’ Council gave the cyclists a wonderful reception with a plentiful variety of refreshments on their return to the school from the cycles. The refreshments were kindly provided by ‘Spar’ Barrack Street, ‘Kilmeaden Cake Supplies’ and ‘Supervalu’ Kilbarry.
Coming up very soon is another fundraising event – a ‘Night at the Dogs’ – Kilcohan Greyhound Track, Waterford – Friday, May 8th.
Donations to the project can be made online at www.mycharity.ie/charity/mountsioncbsyardsproject or by calling in person to the school.