Archive for July 19, 2010

Goodbye Party in Whelan’s, Dublin.

Thank you to all who attended the Cycle of America 2010 Goodbye Party!  Three wonderful Irish bands – Radio Kaliningrad, Chayka and Brazen Lungs – wowed the audience at Whelan’s last Sunday.  Circa 10 o’clock the whole CoA2010 Team took to the stage, and Mark delivered a heartfelt Thank You speech to the rapt audience.

Thanks must also be given to the bands, without whom the night wouldn’t have been so enjoyable.  They are:

Radio Kaliningrad –

Chayka –

Brazen Lungs –

Cycle of America Goodbye Party!

Hey everybody, don’t forget our Goodbye Party tomorrow night at 8pm in Whelans, Wexford Street, Dublin. €7 at the door, all proceeds to charity as usual. Come out and show your support and help us smash our €20,000 fundraising target! See you there!

Cycle of America Goodbye Party at Whelan's

Charity Shave next Wednesday!

Next Wednesday at 8.30 in the Jobstown House, Jim Lucey will be shaved to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society! His friends Ed Smith in Virginia and Frankie Eickhoff of Alabama will be shaved simultaneously over in the USA to raise money for the Livestrong Foundation!

Table Quiz in St. Vincents GAA Club

The Cycle of America Team held a table quiz in St. Vincent’s GAA Club, the former hurling Club of cyclist Eoin McNamara, on Wednesday 14 July. There was a great turnout of family, friends and locals, with everyone enjoying the challenging questions. The quiz, mastered by driver Rob Shiels, and raffle together raised over €700 for the cause!

A big ‘thank you’ goes to the staff of St. Vincents for their help in advertising and promoting the quiz, and well done to the winners John G, John S, Derek and Colm who went away with wine donated by Michael Slattery Wines and Spirits, and comedy tickets donated by The Helix Theatre.

Other kind sponsors of raffle prizes were:

Kay Bradfield – Artist;


AM Frames, Drumcondra;

Bradley’s Pharmacy, Drumcondra;

Banks Pharmacy, Marino;

David Boles Pharmacy, Drumcondra;

Michael Slattery Wines and Spirits;

Canters Restaurant, Fairview;

The Helix Theatre;

West Wood Health Clubs;

Susan Ross Ltd (Ladies Fashion);

Cabello Hair Design;

Power City;

Carolans Off License, Drumcondra; and

Butlers Pantry, Clontarf.

Thanks to all of the above business and remember to shop local!

Below are some pictures from the night:

Mark on Chicago’s “Good Morning Ireland” Radio Show

Sean Ginelly, host of "Good Morning Ireland"

On Saturday July 10th, Mark did a live phone interview with Sean Ginelly on the “Good Morning Ireland” radio show, based in Chicago, Illinois.

Listen to Mark’s Interview:

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Liffey Champion

Peter Kelly of the Kildare newspaper, the Liffey Champion, wrote this great article about the Cycle of America 2010.  Peter and the Liffey Champion have been great for advertising our events and helping to publicize the Cycle.

Sponsored Shaves!

On Wednesday the 21st of July, Jim Lucey (father of driver Donal Lucey), will undergo  a charity shave in the Jobstown House in Tallaght. His beard, which has not been shaved for quite possibly decades, will be forcibly removed.  If we raise enough money then the eyebrows might have to go too! If you are in the Tallaght area and feel like a laugh, please drop by and support the Irish Cancer Society!

On the same day, his friends Ed Smith of Hopewell, Virginia, and Frankie Eickhoff of Cottondale, Alabama, will also bravely remove their facial hair for the LIVESTRONG Foundation. Thanks to Sarah Smith for cornering the hairy fellows so we can shave them! If you can’t make the events, check back here for before and after pictures!

Quiz night – Dublin

Our next event is a table quiz on this coming Wednesday 14 July on at St Vincent GAA club in Marino, Dublin .  We will be holding a raffle, full of prizes galore so be sure to come along to be in with a chance- if you’re not in, you can’t win!!

Gym 5 mile run – Glenroyal Hotel

In a massively impressive time of 31.53, Jimmy Hoare won first place in the sponsored 5 mile run that took place in the Glen Royal Gym in Maynooth on Friday 9 July .  Well done to all other participants who put up a fantastic challenge and ran incredible races, however there could only be one winner!  Jimmy won a €100 voucher for Carton Square .  A big thank you to Shane O’Malley and James O’Neill for taking part on the day. Due to the efforts of these three lads who gave up their time to help raise money for us, €290 was raised for the Irish Cancer Society. Pats on the back lads!

Rain soaked grafton street collection

Despite the lashings of rain, our dedicated team were out once again on Saturday (10 July) collecting money from generous passer-by’s.  While the bad weather did impact the number of people on Grafton Street this weekend, the generosity of the people was not dampened!  This Saturday we collected approximately €520 .  Thanks once more to the people for their kindness, interest and support.  We have one more collection on Grafton Street , next Saturday (17 July) before the team begin to head over to the states.  Be sure to come over and say hello if you’re out and about- all your support is greatly appreciated!