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Successful Weekend for Wheelers

Annual Christmas Party Night;

It started at about 8pm on Friday night the 8th of December in The Clayton Hotel, Sligo. Innisfree Wheelers annual Christmas party got under way. With two free drinks each and plenty of food a most enjoyable nights entertainment and chat got under way.

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Those Wheelers ladies look stunning at our Christmas party while the gents wisely stay in the background

Live music enticed some members on to the dance floor and it was well into the small hours of Saturday morning before the revelers headed for home.

Annual Charity Static Turbo Cycle;

Barely over the effects of the night before the Wheelers were once again in action – this time in Quayside Shopping Centre on Saturday morning the 9th of December. John Molloy was up bright and early to deliver the turbo bikes to Quayside in time for the 11am start. These turbo bikes were kindly donated by Aileen Cooper of Fitness 4 All in Strandhill Co Sligo. This annual event was in aid of Sligo Lions Club Christmas Food Appeal.

Two Wheelers take to the turbo’s for an hour each and another two or three help the Lions Club members with the bucket collection. First up on the turbo’s at 11am were John Connolly and Paul Flynn, while Carmel Lambe and Bernie Brennan took to the bucket collection.

This trend continued right throughout the day until 5pm. The shoppers of Sligo were more than generous this year, as they gave over €1,700 to this very worthy charity. Thank you very much to all the generous people who selflessly gave their cash to this worthy charity. All funds go directly to the purchase of food parcels for delivery to the needy families in the Sligo area.

Thanks also to all Wheelers who cycled the turbo’s and helped the Lions with the collection. Thank you also to Quayside Shopping Centre for allowing us space in this bustling centre to collect those funds.

Annual Charity Santa Cycle around Lough Gill;

On Saturday night Met Eireann did not help matters with the planned Santa Cycle on Sunday as they issued an orange and yellow weather alert to most of Connacht and the midlands. Some members got a bit spooked by this and decided to stay away on Sunday. However the organizers wisely left the call until a thorough inspection of the route was carried out early on Sunday morning.

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Anne Osbourne, Caroline Brennan, Violet McDermott and Carol Foley get in the spirit of Christmas at the Innisfree Wheelers Santa Cycle 2017

Considering all the weather warnings etc, none the less there was a great turnout on Sunday for our Santa Cycle around Lough Gill. We cycled in beautiful sunshine, out via Parkes Castle and Lough Gill which looked so beautiful on this bright Sunday morning. Then it was on to Dromahair with a stop in The Blue Devon pub where we enjoyed a lovely selection of mince pies, apple tart, Christmas cake, chocolate biscuit cake, sponge cake..etc.

Then it was back on the bikes and on the road again in the direction of Slish wood and Aughamore. We climbed then via Carraroe up to Cornageeha where we reassembled to cycle down through the streets of Sligo town.

Wheelers clad mostly in Santa outfits cycle through the streets of Sligo on Sunday the 10th of December

We parked some bikes at Michael McDermott’s in O’Connell St and retired to Connolly ‘s pub. Here again we were treated to savory and sweet treats  – and some hot beverages. Thanks to all members and friends who cycled and also those who baked and cooked the delicious food. Thank you also to IT Sligo, The Civil Defence and our ever-reliable back up van driver Padraig Davey for all the assistance. Thanks also to the great team in The Blue Devon Dromahair for such a lavish spread of food and hot drinks.

A big thank you to not just our members but the people of Sligo who donated cash on Saturday and Sunday. All donations go direct to Sligo Lions Club Christmas Food Appeal. There was a prize for the best outfits for Wheelers lady and gent. These prizes went to Anne Osbourne and John Molloy respectively for their very imaginative Santa costumes.

We made this one of our most successful weekend set of events to date. This weekend of fun and fund-raising brings another hectic year of action for the Wheelers to a close. While Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday club spins continue, we hope that all our hard working members, their families and friends enjoy the festive season. We sincerely wish our members and friends a Very Happy Christmas and a safe and enjoyable cycling year in 2018.