Summer 2007 Newsletter

Club Leisure Tour:
The annual club tour will take place on June 3rd from Fingallians GAA Club. Registration is at 8.30 a.m., departing at 9.00 a.m. Registration fee will be €15. There will be a 90 and 50 mile route as in previous years. The tour follows the same itinerary as the last few years with a tea stop in Jullianstown (The Old Mill Hotel). In addition there will be refreshments and shower facilities available after the tour in Fingallians GAA Club. I have also organised a lead car and motorbikes to provide assistance in relation to road crossings etc.

See the club website for details of the route at

Please come along and support this event. There were sixty ‘cyclists’ on the tour last year so a good turnout is expected as it is good preparation for the Wicklow 200 which takes place on June 10th.

Weekend Away:
Our annual weekend away takes place on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st of October. The venue this year is Glencarn Hotel, Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan. It seems to be a good venue with modern leisure facilities etc. The cost per person for evening meal, bed and breakfast is €75. The payment arrangements this year is that you pay the hotel directly when checking out rather than sending me cheques etc. All you have to do over the next few months is let me know if you are going as the number of places is limited to 30.

You can contact, Martin Joyce at 086 3809039.

Season so far…
This season has been marked with the rise of a new star in the Swords colours and very special start to the season for one of it’s eternal ones. Firstly Colm Cassidy made a meteoric rise through the C rankings with 2 wins before using his TT ability to set up a great placing in the Gorey and taking the TT stage in the Corkman. Most remarkable of his achievements to date in my opinion though, was taking his Club C/ship TT in what turned out to be a course record for previous league events that has stood since 2000 and which was set by Time Trial ‘supremo’ Aidan Hammond. An achievement made all the more remarkable considering the pouring rain.

Supervet Sean Lally has notched up 6 road victories and a 25 Mile C/ship in the IVCA is superb displays of tactics, hard riding and powerful sprinting while the clubs star climber, and most improved rider last year, rode an excellent Shay Elliot, taking the 1st B prize. Meanwhile Sean Rock & Stephen Halpin are gaining invaluable experience in their progression to the next level, riding with the Sean Kelly team in Belgium and most recently rode the tour of Turkey with the men from Stamullen. Most recently we are seeing a new direction for Swords with new member David O’Neill notching up top 5 results in Mountainbike racing, while the track season has had a slightly weather induced delay, and where we will soon see powerful track sprinter Colm Sevastopulo do his thing!

We as a club are very pleased to welcome so many new members in all categories and we hope that our club league improves you all and helps you all achieve what you are cabable of. It was also quite pleasing to see so many father & son combinations at the TT last week and its no coincidence that our potential & current superstars take the lead from the dads –afterall first step is beating the dad — next step world domination!

The FBD RÁS to finish in Skerries again in 2007

Hi Folks,
Following a fantastic finish to the FBD RÁS in 2006, Skerries has again been invited to host the final stage. I hope you will all agree with me when I say what a fantastic day Sunday 28th May last year was when the FBD RAS came to Skerries great day with a Carnival atmosphere that greeted the RAS riders as they entered Skerries in the closest ever finish in the 53 year history of the RAS.

By all accounts based on feedback we have received from the RAS organisation and the cycling racing fraternity the “Skerries Stage End Finish” is being spoken of as one of the best ever stage end finishes, needless to say this great would not have been possible without your support and that of the Swords Cycling Club.

I know that both the RAS organisation and the riders were blown-way with the fantastic reception they received with hundreds of people cheering them on when they reached the “Black Hills” but even more when the riders raced through the main street (Strand Street) with crowds in excess of three thousand standing four and five deep on the pavement cheering on these “Men of the RAS” again you were responsible for helping this to come about.

It is a credit to you and our club Swords CC the volunteers that we have been asked to host the Final again this year.

In order to make this happen we need you to come out and help again, please leave Sunday 27th May’2007 free to give us the help and support we need to make this day another GREAT success.

Please contact Pat Halpin or Paul Deans at the following :-
Pat Halpin email @ or telephone 086 2394695
Paul Deans email @ or telephone 086 2394695

Attention Ladies:
Hope you are all well. Just to let you know that there will be a separate races for the ladies for the Club Championships on Wednesday 27th June. This year we are lucky to have a lot of ladies in the club so that we can have a separate race. The ladies will do two and a half laps of the Ballyboughal Corduff Circuit. (The lads will be doing three and a half.) We will be given a head start to get over the Nag’s Head hill before the lads catch us. Hope to see you there! Only Swords CC riders can do this race. If you know of any friends that could help with the marshalling on the night, please let me know. Regards, Bernie

BTW congrats and welcome to Louise Harlwich on some great results recently and to Norah Daly who currently leads the Ladies points series.

Next few League Events
30th May Corduff CP (3 Laps) Sign on & park at GAA Club Ballyboughal
Sean Lally Ron O’Rourke,Thomas Smyth, Norah Daly, Kevin McFeely, Kevin Morrison, Conor McGrane,

6th June Oldtown CP (3 Laps ) Sign on & park at Oldtown Church
Martin Joyce Thomas Markham, Ken Brennan, Jim Ludden, Sean Halpin, Patrick O’Dwyer, Dave Blake

13th June Bog of the Ring (5 Laps) Sign on & park at Ring Commons Sports Centre
Pat Halpin Thomas Cleary, Neil Kelly, Paul Kelly, Neil O’Brien, Fergus Ryan, Chris McGuirk Alan Sheppard

20th June Oldtown CP Sign on & park at Oldtown Church
Aidan McClean Kevin Donagher, Mick Rock, Fran Rooney, David O’Neill, Eamonn O’Murchu, Nicholas Sparks