Spring 2006 Newsletter

Club League
The Club League commences on the 9th of April and enclosed please find the fixture list for the first six races. It is important that marshals/stewards attend their designated race or make alternative arrangements so as to ensure that the events take place in a safe manner. The committee also requests that the Chief Marshall conduct a final sweep of the course at the end of a race to ensure nobody gets lost!

Membership Affiliation for Club League
The committee would like to remind all riders who are competing in the club league to ensure they are both a member of McNally Swords CC as well as Cycling Ireland and that evidence of Membership of Cycling Ireland is required to be produced when registering for your first league event.




Race Venue

Sign on

Chief St.


19th Apr


Balrothery 5ml TT

Balrothery Inn

Fran O’Sullivan 087-6544294
Jim Callaly, Johnny O’Sullivan, Mick Rock, Brian
McNamara, Terry Quinlan

26th Apr


Ballyboughal CP
(3 Laps)

O’Connors Pub

  Jim Callaly 086-8299260
Martin Joyce, Terry Quinlan, Fran O’Sullivan,
Paul Maxwell, Sam McArdle, Alan Sheppard, Sean
Rock, Chris Hogan

3rd May


Balscadden CP
(5 Laps)


  Paul Deans 087-2249046
Kieran Whelan, James Whelan, Coleen Foley,
Alister Cole, Gerry Martin, Henry Crowley Kevin
Morrison, Conor McGrane,

10th May


Corduff CP
(2 Laps)

O’Connors Pub

  Pat Halpin

Jack Lynch, Emma Quirke, Sean Tierney, Michael
Daly, Bill Coleman, Colm Sevastopulo, Kevin

17th May


10 Mile TT C/Ship

O’Connors Pub
Normal visitors welcome

David Blake 086-8539332
Sheila Blake, John Farrell, Kevin Donagher, Jim
Ludden, Tess Quinlan

24th May


Oldtown CP
(3 Laps )

Oldtown Church

  Sean Lally

Jason Kelly, Hugh Byrne, Ken Brennan, Joe McNally,
John Ward, Anthony McMahon

Club Website: www.swordscc.com
All contributions for the Club Website will be appreciated, whether its a Race Report, bike jokes for the new ‘Bike Humour’ page, Photos,or Interview. Also please e-mail any results by any of our members (incl Triathlon) to Hugh at swordscc@eircom.net.

Check out Richies new look site re-designed by Anthony Cooper who has also kindly designed a new look for our own site. It will take a while before our own new look is up & running as there is a fair amount of work to be done in changing over but I know you will be pleased with the new look. Below is the link for Richies and a preview link to how our new site will look



Club Spins
The weekly club spins continue to be the following times:
Thursday (tea stop) – 9.15am (Lord Mayors) – Distance 60miles approx
Saturday – 8.30am (Blakes Cross)- Distance 50miles approx
Saturday (tea stop) – 9.00am (Lord Mayors) – Distance 50/60 miles approx
Sunday – 9.15am (Lord Mayors) – Distance 60 miles approx

Club Tour on Sept 3rd
The annual club tour will take place on September 3rd from Fingallians GAA Club. Registration is at 8.30am, departing at 9.00 a.m. There will be an 80 and 50 mile route. This event was very successful last year and we would appreciate if members could make themselves available and support the event again. Showers and refreshments will be provided.

Upcoming Touring/Leisure Events
Date Event
Distance Start
April 16 Peaks and Valleys 100K The Square Tallaght 10 a.m.
April 23 Tour of Meath and Cavan 90K 10 a.m. @ Balreask Arms,
April 30 Sliabh Bloom Challenge 80k, 150k 9 a.m. @ Holy Angels Day
Care Centre, Athy
May 14 East Coast Tour 120K Merrion Square
May 20 Mount Leinster 100 – 150 K Enniscorthy

The Season so far… The racing season got off to a flying start with all (young) guns blazing!!!! In the first race of the season Stephen Halpin got into an early break and never missed a turn only to be caught on the run in by a group of mostly A riders which included Sean Rock in his first senior race. Stephen still managed to hold on for 1st J. Next day in a Dublin Wheelers Invitation Race Stephen & Sean did a 1-2 when initially Sean Rock made a bid for victory but when caught with 2k to go, Stephen & Brian Taffe (DWCC) countered With Stephen taking the win and Sean taking the bunch gallop for 3rd.

St Patrick’s w/end saw Kevin Donagher making the most of the h/cap to stay clear to pick up 4th while Sean Rock was 1st B. These two placed well the next w/end in Carlow but better things were to lie ahead for both riders. In the Christy McManus Sean Rock overcame the h/cap and burst clear to take the sprint for his first win a Senior. In a w/end of Racing promoted by Balbriggan Jason O’Callagan took 1st B on the Saturday while Michael Daly was 1st J in both races. The Sunday has als a C race and Kevin Donagher attacked on the Naul Hill on lap 1 (just to stay warm says he!!!) and held on to solo to victory. Great early season results from Swords riders and nearly all achieved in attrocious conditions. We will be watching with great interest on how they all get on in the Gorey 3-Day. Looks like we have the makings of a strong team.