Inishowen men to
cycle 400km for charity
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
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
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
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