National Youth Championships launch & other news


CI President Rory Wyley, Town Council Chairman Pat Cody, Club Chairman Mick Howe and Club president Maire Ruth with organisers, councillors and youth riders

Many thanks to all who attended our launch of the National Youth Championships at the Presentation Centre on Wendesday evening. In particular thanks to Enniscorthy Town Council chairman Mr Pat Cody who welcomed another great cycling event to Enniscorthy and hoped it would inspire more young people on to their bikes. Cycling Ireland president Mr Rory Wyley recalled mixed memories of his last visit to Enniscorthy when the Rás ended with a sprint finish on the Fair Green but unfortunately he’d left his legs at the bend near the ’98 centre! He wished the event well and looks forward to being back in Enniscorthy in August and marshalling a bend somewhere on the course.

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Rory Wyley with some Slaney youth riders, Paul Barron from Donohoe Skoda, official vehicle supplier to champs, Rory Wyley and Pat Codey addressing launch and Bill & Ann Jordan, Sarah Keane and Anne Howe checking out the criterium circuit.

Mick Howe was MC and after welcoming town councillors, sponsors and guests proceeded to give an outline of the event running through the three stages & the venues. In particular he noted the scale of the event and asked all Slaney members and friends of the club to lend their support to the running of the races. The dedicated website for the event was launched and can be accessed at www.youthcyclingchamps2013.com while a twitter feed @natyouths2013 and a facebook page is alos live now. Entry is open on the website. 


Honourary Membership:  The evening closed with club president being called on to award honourary membership of Slaney CC to two stalwarts of the club Sean Kavanagh and Pat Whitney. The award was in recognition of their outstanding contribution to Slaney over many years, their commitment to supporting members acheiving their goals and their long time involvement in competitive, leisure and youth cycling. No club can succeed without people like Sean and Pat who are always ready to give their time to ensure the smooth and safe running of events and we really appreciate them.     

Finally thanks to the ever present ladies of the Mount Leinster Challenge catering crew for the great spread. Ye all deserve yellow jersey’s!   


We’d like to invite Slaney members and friends to the launch of the National Youth Championships 2013 at the Presentation Centre, Convent Road, Enniscorthy at 7.30sharp on Wendesday evening next, June 26th.

As you know Slaney CC will host the National Championships over the weekend of August 24th and 25th. Come along to the launch to hear more about the event, the stages and how we can make it a great event for the best underage riders from the 32 counties.

The coffee & buns are free and the speeches will be short so no reson not to come and support the launch! 

************* Next Weeks Events***********

The Eddie Tobin Road Race takes place on Sunday week 7th July in Bunclody with Youth racing Davidstown on Saturday. Details here  http://www.slaneycyclingclub.com/?page_id=5 and needless to say it as all hands on deck for this one. All help appreciated – we need drivers, cars, and have five junctions to marshall. 

Polar Plunge – Freezin’ for a reason!


The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics® & Special Olympics Leinster needs your help on Saturday 29th June to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Leinster. We will be holding the first every Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Leinster as part of the Enniscorthy Strawberry Fair.

Full details here: Polar Plunge Information Sheet[1]      http://www.specialolympics.ie/GETINVOLVED/LEINSTER.aspx

  • This is also the day Pat Whitney is swimming from Enniscorthy to Edermine in a fund raising venture for Slaney Search & Rescue. Hopefully he’ll have a high tide.


Tuesday nights: Liam Bennett Time Trial league continues.

Wednesday nights: SERC road races continue.  See details of both events in post below.

Next Sunday: The Dragon Rides kicks off at 9am from the Duffry Gate. Full details below