32 County Challenge 2011

in aid of 

The National Council for the Blind of Ireland

Once again fundraisers and Thurles duet, Billy Shanahan and his daughter Katriona and their team of Blazing Bikers,  are back on the road! This follows up on their  successful Tour of Wales last May Bank Holiday weekend 2010, which saw a crew of 120 participants take on the “Celtic Tour”, raising over €30,000 for the National Council for the Blind of Ireland. This year they will lead a group of over one hundred intrepid Blazing Bikers through each one of Ireland’s 32 counties over 3 days along 1,000km of Irish roads. 

The previous tours started with Malin to Mizen in 2008; Mizen to Malin in 2009; and the Celtic Tour 2010. These 3 events  have raised over €120,000 for the National Council for the Blind of Ireland. 

Billy and Katriona would like to thank all the bikers who have taken part and all their sponsors who have contributed so generously over the years.  These funds are used to deliver essential  services to people who suffer from various forms of visual impairment.  These services include mobility training, computer education, social services support, counseling and adaptation needs, braille training, library and news magazine services, advocacy, and so on.

The participants will stay over in Killarney Friday 29th April where Billy & Katriona will go over the route and nominate marshals for the weekend, they will then start out from there on Saturday morning and finish in Waterford on Monday May 2nd 2011.  A full support team  will look after all essential needs from route planning  and safety to food and accommodation.  Gardai have already approved the route plan and standards of safety adopted for the event. Their support and co-operation is so much appreciated – the event could not go ahead without their approval and support.  

From their  responses  to date it would appear that Billy and Katriona have got the mix of adventure, challenge, and hospitality just right for the bikers and their pillion passengers. For this most eagerly awaited event the overnight stops are in hotels in Killarney (Fri night), Bundoran(Sat night),  and Dublin(Sun night).

A fundraising target of €550 per biker sharing and €350 per pillion passenger sharing includes 3 nights dinner including 1 gala dinner, Hotel B&B, itinerary booklet, DVD of event, certificate of completion, and a souvenir shirt plus badge. A deposit of €250 secures your place.

You can contact Billy or Katriona for bookings and further information as follows:  

Billy Shanahan:  (087) 925 3225

Katriona Shanahan: (087) 410 6861

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