Fifth annual Lap of Lough Ree launched to raise funds for the RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Lough Ree RNLI has launched their fifth Lap of Lough Ree which will take place this year on Sunday 22 April.

Lough Ree RNLI Crew Members Liam Sherringham, Shane McCormack and Matt Welsh, with Lifeboat Operations Manager Tony McCarth, joined by fellow crew members Eamonn Flynn, Donie Hearaghty and Ciaran Harte at the launch of the 2018 Lap of Lough Ree

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Lough Ree RNLI Crew Members Liam Sherringham, Shane McCormack and Matt Welsh, with Lifeboat Operations Manager Tony McCarth, joined by fellow crew members Eamonn Flynn, Donie Hearaghty and Ciaran Harte at the launch of the 2018 Lap of Lough Ree

The annual 85km cycle which will raise funds for the lifesaving service in Athlone, will go anti-clockwise around Lough Ree starting and finishing at The Bounty, Buccaneers Rugby Club, Athlone, with a pit-stop in Lanesborough at the north of Lough Ree.

Speaking at the launch of the Lap of Lough Ree, Sarah Bradbury, Lough Ree RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, said: ‘We are delighted with the support that the cycle has received each year and that it’s becoming a favourite in the cycling calendar. This is a relatively relaxed route for cyclists to ease themselves back into the saddle while taking in the stunning views of Lough Ree.

‘Those who participate in the cycle do so knowing they are raising vital funds for Lough Ree RNLI and we would like to thank them in advance for that. Funds raised will maintain and equip our inshore lifeboat and will allow our volunteer crew to continue to train and develop their lifesaving skills so when the need arises they can help those who get into difficulty on the lake.’

Registration for the event will start at 9am on the 22 April in The Bounty. Entry fee is €20.

Further information on the cycle and updates can be found on www.facebook.com/loughreernli or by emailing loughreernli@gmail.com

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For more information please contact Sarah Bradbury Lough Ree RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Tel: 087 1210658 email: sarahlpowell@yahoo.co.uk or Nuala McAloon, RNLI Regional Media Officer Ireland on 00353876483547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Regional Media Manager Ireland on 00353871254124 or Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk

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