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Inishowen men to cycle 400km for charity 01.02.22

TWO Inishowen men will be among 150 cyclists to complete a mammoth 400kms cycle this April to raise funds for charity. Carndonagh man Mick McLoughlin and student Conan McLucas, from Malin, joined soccer legend Damien Duff at Maynooth University to officially launch the event in aid of Heart Children.
The group, a mixture of students and friends will cycle from the Co Kildare college to Galway and back over the weekend of April 8-10 to raise funds for Heart Children.
Soccer star Damien Duff pictured at Maynooth University to mark the launch of the 2022 Galway Cycle in aid of the charity Heart Children with Carn man Mick McLaughlin, Malin student Conan McLucas and Nick Rabe. Photo: Ben Kelly.
The money raised will fund the charity’s INR home-testing programme which provides children on warfarin medication with a medical device to monitor their blood readings from home without needing to make regular visits to hospital.
Retired Blackburn, Chelsea, Fulham and Republic of Ireland player Duff, 42, has supported Heart Children since his son, Woody, was diagnosed with a hole in his heart, 32 weeks into his mother’s pregnancy. Woody underwent a successful operation when he was six months old.

In the past, while playing for Shamrock Rovers, Duff donated his salary, splitting it between Temple Street and Heart Children. “Heart Children is very close to my heart after Woody’s diagnosis. I’ve seen first-hand the amazing work that they do and I’m delighted to support them in any way I can,” said Duff who was appointed Shelbourne manager last November.
“I’m full of admiration for the students who will be cycling to and from Galway – I’d get tired driving all that way!”
Damien Duff pictured at Maynooth University to mark the launch of the 2022 Galway Cycle in aid of the charity Heart Children with student Conan McLucas from Malin. Photo Ben Kelly.
Inishowen student Conan McLucas is in his final year at Maynooth University. “This is my first Galway Cycle and I'm really looking forward to it,” he said. “There will be a lot of training between now and April, but I'm up for the challenge."

The Galway Cycle was established in 1987 by a group of students and has taken place annually ever since, with the exception of 2020, raising more than €1.8 million for a variety of children’s charities. To learn more, or to register to take part in the Galway Cycle 2022, go to www.galwaycycle.ie .
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