Young Scart Cyclist still making the headlines

Sean Barrett from Scartaglen has enjoyed a very successful season so far this year as a first year junior rider. The 16 year old  O’Leary Stone Kanturk rider has already secured 70 points. This means that he is now included in the official junior ranking published by cycling Ireland. He now sits on top of the list in second position.  

Sean travelled to the Netherlands in February for an intensive training programme. He raced in Belgium in an Elite race and finished in 6th position overall. he raced in Holland in march again in an elite race and finished in 10th overall position. Recently he was given the opportunity to raced with the Nicholas Roche performance team in the nation’s cup in France in May and finished all stages in the group. He was one of the four finishers out of a team of six.

“This was my first Nations cup and I felt absolutely privileged to be part of this unreal event and enjoyed every minute of it.

.These are some of Seans achievements over the last number of months.

Kanturk three day 1st Junior and 2nd overall out of a field of 140

The Hub TT 8 week league 1st Junior and 4th overall

Cork County Championship first Junior (Cork County Champ)

Lacey cup 2nd junior 10th overall

Johnny Drumm Cup 2nd Junior third A3

Blarney  grand prix 2nd A3

Newbridge Grand Prix  4th overall

Denis kennedy memorial race co Tipperary 2nd overall

Sliabhra Luachra junior race second overall, king of the hill and won the prime

De Ronde classic 2nd A3

Gorey three day placed in the top 20 in each stage out of a field of 160

Ornwell wheelers stage race 6th in GC and 20th overall

Fermoy League which runs for 10 weeks at the moment Sean stands on top with 24 points.

The last few days have been spent in Derry where the Irish national TT and road race Championships have been held and run by Foyle CC. This is where the top of the Irish cycling talent could be found this weekend.

“It was an unreal experience to be racing the same course as a former member of my club  Eddie Dunbarr. Team ineos. Sean Finished in 9th position overall in ther TT and was the 2nd fastest 1year Junior.

Saturday was a tough day’s racing.45 first and second year junior riders started off in the morning at chapel road Derry for 5 laps of 101.45 km circuit.which only 11 riders finished.The atmosphere was electric as the riders faced a challenging climb up Irish street,a steep narrow climb through a city centre street.The wearing down process began and the bunch was decimated as the riders faced the Fincairin road climb time after time.Sean fought a hard battle but unfortunately had a mecanical on the last lap but managed to finish the race.

Sean’s next major event will be the Junior tour of Ireland which will run from 9th to 14th July. The race is in excess of 540 km in length which has been described as “testing”

This is an 6 day international cycle race for under 18s which attracts teams from all over  Ireland the UK ,isle of man, Scotland and as far afield as america and Africa. now without doubt not only a top cycling event for Juniors in Ireland and the UK but is now one of the top Junior events in Europe with fast roads, sharp bends and steep climbs….

Following on from that Sean will travel to Holland for six weeks where he will be given the opportunity to race in Belgium, Holland and France with Tempo Hoppenbrouwers VIRO under the watch ful eye of  Henk Wintermans.

“This is an unreal opportunity for me to be able to race with Some of the Elite European riders.

When Sean returns to Ireland at the end of August there will be some more schedules to fulfill.

Details released for Lacey Cup 2019

The 2019 Lacey Cup will be held on Sunday, 3rd March hosted by Tralee Manor West Bicycle Club. The Lacey Cup is the grand opener to the Munster racing season with a hot field anxious to show early season form.

The race always draws a large field of riders, with 200 competing in previous years. Some of the top Irish riders will be in action on the day, all intent on taking home the coveted Lacey Cup.

This year in accordance with rulings from Cycling Ireland, there will be a separate race for the A4 category, which will start after the main A1/A2/A3 race.

The course is the usual challenging 75 Km circuit of which always proves to be a very tough race and with past winners such as Matteo Cigala (2018) Sean Hahessy (2017), Daragh O’Mahoney (2016), Seán Mc Kenna (’15), Damian Shaw (’14), Seán Lacey (‘09,’10,’11,’12,’13) Martin O Loughlin (’07,’08), Matt Slattery (’03).

The race will have a neutralised start from Manor West Hotel, Spa & Leisure Club, sponsors of the Tralee Manor West Bicycle Club and will be the main venue and headquarters for the race. Departure from the hotel will be at 12:15 sharp. Racing will officially commence from George Poff’s Garage on the Dingle road at 12.30 and will pass through Blennerville (12.35), Camp (13.00), Upper Camp, Gleann na nGealt (13.10), Annascaul (13.25), Inch (13.30), Boolteens (13.50), Castlemaine (13.55), Sliabh Mish (14.05) and finishing at 14.15 at 60kph signs at Skehanagh Cross on the Killorglin road in Tralee.


Diversions in place to divert traffic away from the finish line (Skehanagh Cross) via the N70 Killorglin road roundabout and Quills Cross/Farmers Bridge N22.

The main race is run on a handicap basis consisting of 3 groups with the first group of Category A3 riders, followed by the A2’s, and finally the group of elite A1 Category riders.

The A4 race will start approximately 5 mins after the A1 riders are underway. This will follow the same route.


The first prime of the race is Gleann na nGealt and will be hotly contested between the A3 riders for the Jackie O’Connor Memorial Trophy.

As in previous years the A1 and A2 groups behind will have merged and will have the job of catching the race leaders as they head towards Inch.

After Castlemaine the riders head for the 2nd Prime, The Teddy Griffin Memorial Trophy, the final climb of Sliabh Mish Mountain where the race has usually broken up into a small group of elite A1 and A2 riders, with the expected winner coming from these groups.



This years pre race favourites are undoubtedly, Matteo Cigala, last years impressive winner along with last years runner up, Paul Kennedy (Newcastle West CC). The hosting club will also be deeply motivated to launch a rider into the top 10.

It all promises to be an exciting days racing with plenty of exciting action along the route to keep spectators entertained.

Sign On will be open from 10.00am to 11.30am sharp at the Manor West Hotel, who will provide parking and facilities for the presentations following the race.

For further log onto the club website at
www.traleebc.comwhere all race details and updates will be posted or email us at: traleebc.secretary@gmail.comfor any queries.

Call To Develop Indoor Velodrome

Fianna Fail Councillor Michael Cahill has called on Kerry County Council to help Killorglin become the National Cycle Centre of Ireland. And assisting them with  their plans to develop an Indoor Velodrome and Olympic Supercross BMX track.
Councillor Cahill said Killorglin has a great tradition in Cycling, including a former winner of the Ras Tailteann, the great Gene Mangan.
The Fianna Fail Councillor said a campaign took place a number of years ago headed up by the late Paddy O Callaghan to make Killorglin the National Cycle Centre of Ireland. The Rossbeigh Councillor said Killorglin would be an ideal location and such a facility when developed, will attract National and International Teams and Athletes to the Killorglin/ Mid Kerry Region.
Reply: Kerry County Council in collaboration with South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd has supported the development of a Socio- Economic Plan for Killorglin.  The purpose of this plan is to identify potential projects and developments for the town and there has been widespread community engagement.  It is important that the group promoting this project engages with this process.   The group need also to engage with the Kerry Recreation and  Local Sports Partnership.

Ring of Beara Cycle 2019 sells out within 24hrs

The Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare 2019 took less than 24hrs to sell out completely this week. Over 4200 spaces for the event were snapped up by eager cyclists who have secured the date in the diary for 2019.

The popularity of the event is not only testament to the great reception riders receive all along the Beara Peninsula but also the state of cycle tourism in Ireland.


Mickey ‘Ned’ O’Sullivan of the Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare Organising Committee said, “It’s great to see the event selling out so quickly again this year. We’ve had four brilliant years to date and I have no doubt 2019 will be set to match them. The event receives great support from the communities along the route and the fantastic volunteers who make the event possible. We’re looking forward to May already!”


Participants choose between 110km or 140km routes for the cycle when the event went on pre-sale for past-participants on Wednesday and opened to the general public on Thursday. 


Last week the Ring of Beara Organising Committee presented cheques totalling €53,000 in donations to Castletownbere Community Hospital, Castletownbere Day Care Centre, Kenmare Family Resource Centre, Kenmare Special Olympics, Kenmare Special Needs Group and St John of God Services Kenmare.


If anyone is interested in volunteering for the event next year, please email


For more information please contact or 0646635512.


Microsoft employees are soon to set off on a 350-kilometre cycling challenge along the Wild Atlantic Way in support of Ireland’s only Children’s Hospice, LauraLynn. On September 5th, 65 cyclists and 17 crew will take to the roads in Kinsale to complete their challenge over three days, arriving in picturesque Kenmare on September 7th.

The truly inspirational care being provided for children at the LauraLynn facilities in Leopardstown has motivated and empowered the Microsoft team to get back in the saddle for the fifth year running and build on the €170,000 they’ve fundraised in previous years for the organisation.

In marking the launch of the cycling challenge, Cathriona Hallahan, Managing Director of Microsoft Ireland said: “Microsoft has a long history of supporting LauraLynn. As a charity located close to our campus in Leopardstown, we have developed a strong, positive partnership with the inspirational team at LauraLynn. Through software donation, technology training and employee-led activities such as the Wild Atlantic Way charity cycle, we partner with LauraLynn to support the life-changing work they undertake on a daily basis.”

Ray Snowdon, a member of the cycling team and Global Business Intelligence & Analytics Manager, Microsoft said: “We are now in our 5th year of the Microsoft charity cycle for LauraLynn, and it continues to generate so much energy and passion across the Microsoft Ireland campus while raising much needed funds for LauraLynn, Ireland’s only children’s hospice. We know of the fantastic care that is provided by the team there and we are delighted that our target of €80,000 will help contribute to the complex care needed by the children at LauraLynn. Having grown from 10 cyclists in 2014 to team of 82 today, we aim to bring our collective amount fundraised for the charity to over €250,000. This goal is motivating our team to work together, complete the challenge and have fun along the way.”

Also commenting was Orla O’Brien, CEO of LauraLynn Children’s Hospice: “We are humbled at the continued support shown to LauraLynn by Microsoft Ireland. This is the fifth year that Microsoft has selected LauraLynn as their charity partner for their annual charity cycle, which this year runs from Kinsale to Kenmare – no mean feat! We know the Microsoft team have always gone the extra mile when raising funds and awareness for LauraLynn, which has had a significant impact, and we are so grateful for their continued support. It is heart-warming to see such enthusiasm and dedication from the entire Microsoft Ireland team who are wholly committed to their fundraising target and cycle challenge. I would like to say a big thank you to all the cyclists, and along with all the staff at LauraLynn, wish them well on their journey.”

The 65 cyclists and 17 crew from Microsoft begin their journey on Wednesday, September 5th setting out from Kinsale, Co. Cork and arriving at their destination of Kenmare, Co. Kerry on Friday September 7th. The team will cycle for approximately 7 hours per day, travelling an average distance of 120km.

To find out more about the LauraLynn Children’s Hospice, please visit