Cork brothers raise over €14k for the Irish Cancer Society 

Cork brothers raise over €14k for the Irish Cancer Society 

The four O'Driscoll brothers and their father Michael pictured in Clonakilty at their halfway stop en route to Baltimore. L-R: Alan O'Driscoll, Paul O'Driscoll, Michael O'Driscoll, Kevin O'Driscoll and Shane O'Driscoll. 4 brothers and our father in clonakilty halfway stop en route to baltimore

Four Cork brothers who cycled from Carrigaline to Baltimore in aid of the Irish Cancer Society have raised over €14,000 for the charity to date.

The O’Driscoll brothers, who had "zero cycling pedigree" beforehand, completed their 100km cycle on Saturday, September 5 in memory of their mother Noreen, who passed away as a result of pancreatic cancer just six weeks after her diagnosis in 2010.

Ten years on, to mark the anniversary of her death, the O’Driscoll brothers undertook their charity cycle along a route that was "well worn" by their family over the years.

"Our family home is in Carrigaline and my dad is from Cape Clear so that was always our second home and the route is one we travelled all our lives so that’s why it’s a personal route for us," one of the O’Driscoll brothers, Shane, told The Echo.

"My mum was originally from Tipperary but our family home is in Carrigaline. 

"This is her tenth anniversary year and while we did some fundraising together 10 years ago with Shave or Dye for the cancer society we felt it was time to go again," he continued.

On September 5, after being forced to reschedule the cycle a number of times due to Covid restrictions, the O’Driscoll brothers finally hit the road for Baltimore.

"We set off from Carrigaline and with a quick pit stop at our mum’s grave we headed for Baltimore some 100km away.

"It helped that it was a lovely sunny day with near perfect conditions, but we still felt every hill, bump and pothole on the road to West Cork," Shane said.

In Clonakilty, the O’Driscoll brothers stopped for a quick break, where their dad, Michael, was on hand with some much-needed sustenance.

"Our dad was our 'support car' and met us in Clon with tea, soup and sandwiches and also he had the pints ready for us in Bushe's Bar in Baltimore when we finally arrived!"

Shane said he and his brothers are overwhelmed by the level of support for their fundraiser.

"The kindness and generosity shown by everyone from the start of this campaign definitely helped us along the way in those dark moments peddling uphill," he said.

The O'Driscoll brothers have managed to raise over €14,000 for the Irish Cancer Society to date.

They will close the GoFundMe page to donations at the end of September.

"Mum was a wonderful and kind person and also a private family person so she'd probably hate the publicity but she'd have loved the fundraising for a good cause and she'd be proud of the family togetherness of this event," Shane said.

"We printed our own t-shirts for the event as a keepsake and to advertise what we were doing but on the back was a message that mum always said to us growing up... 'enjoy yourselves but be careful' ...a motto we all carry with us to this day."

To donate, visit the O'Driscoll brother's GoFundMe page, 'Cycle in Memory of our Mum'

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