THE fifth annual Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare attracted cyclists from all over Ireland and as far afield as Australia, the US, Canada and Switzerland.
But one of the biggest stars was Garda Caroline Hennessey whose top dance moves kept cyclists motivated over gruelling terrain, while also entertaining motorists and keeping traffic flowing.
She boogied to House of Pain’s Jump Around, raising everyone’s spirits, and was also seen playing the bongo at the Caha Pass. Video footage of her dancing has gone viral with one online comment suggesting she should be promoted!
More than 4,400 cyclists embarked on a challenging 110km or 140km route through Ardgroom, Allihies Castletownbere, Adrigole and Glengarriff. Participants enjoyed food, music and chat at the food stations dotted along the route as well as at the Caha Tunnels where bongo drummers (and Garda Hennessey!) helped raise spirits on the long climb on the approach.
Cyclists arrived back at the finish line to a festival-like atmosphere and were treated to a well-earned massage, Japanese hot tubs, custom designed medals, live music and food.
Proceeds from this event benefit six charities. Castletownbere Community Hospital, Castletownbere Day Centre and Kenmare Family Resource centre will be the main beneficiaries of the money raised for charity by the event. The other recipients receiving the balance of the funds are Kenmare Special Needs Group, St John of God Services Kenmare and Kenmare Special Olympics.