Galway Cycle 2017 Starts Here!!!

For those of you who haven’t heard, we’re on the road to Galway Cycle 2017!  At the AGM on Thursday November 3rd, the incoming committee for 2017 were elected, and the voting membership selected the recipient charity for the 2017 cycle, namely the National Rehabilitation Hospital’s Paediatric Unit.

As mentioned, the committee for 2017 was elected, namely:

  • President: Samantha Ward
  • Vice President: Martin Rocks
  • Secretary: Emer Gilmartin
  • Treasurer: Nancy O’Hara
  • Webmaster: Paddy Walsh
  • Head of Fundraising & PR: Louise Sullivan
  • Head of Food Committee: Ann Marie Brennan
  • Head of Training: Bill Watson
  • Head of Support Committee: Aidan Harper

Keep an eye out for further updates, including fundraisers, training updates, charity information, registration opening, and lots more!!  Also, if you of anyone you know think you would like to help out with PR/Fundraising/Food Committee, please contact the representative committee head(s),, or the Galway Cycle via Facebook!

Open Meeting – JH1, 7:30pm, Feb 16th 2016

GC 2016 is  getting ever closer, and as part of the preparations, our next open meeting will take place at 7:30pm on Tuesday February 16th.
This meeting is aimed at all collectors and cyclists, and will consist primarily of an information night, but is also a great way to get to know the people you have been, and will be, cycling with off the bike – people look different without lycra, believe it or not, and it’ll be street clothes for Galway on the Saturday.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend, whether you’ve registered for the first time, have yet to decide to take the plunge (do it!), or have 20+ cycles under your belt already!  In the case that you’re on the fence still, this would be a great time to talk to people about the weekend itself, and convince yourself (as if it were needed) that you should be coming along!  It’s also a great way to talk to people about ideas for fundraising, and all other aspects of the cycle and the weekend.
The meeting will be chaired by Aaron D’Arcy (this year’s president), and a rough agenda for the evening is below:
  • Roxy will speak about training, both so far and what is to come
  • A representative from DSI present outlining what exactly the money raised will go towards, and why we are in fact cycling to Galway and back!

There will also be a short support crew meeting afterwards.

So make sure to come along and meet your GC compatriots, as well as a reminder of why you’re cycling 400km (or supporting it if you’re a collector!)

Table Quiz – Bradys, Tuesday January 26th 2016

That’s right, it’s quiz time again, and we’ll be holding our first quiz of the year in Brady’s of Maynooth on Tuesday January 26th!!  Hit the event page below for the latest details, and to let us know if we’ll be seeing you there!

GC2016 Quiz Time

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 7:30 pm

@ Bradys Clockhouse Maynooth

Creator: Galway Cycle


In other news, in spite of the chilly conditions this weekend past, GC 2016 training continued and saw a good group take to the roads around Maynooth on both Saturday and Sunday:

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Registration is open, and training has started!!!

In case you hadn’t heard, with the new year we’re hitting a new busy season for the cycle, and we have seen the launch of Galway Cycle 2016, the opening of registration, and the commencement of training!

On December 17th, we were delighted to welcome Sean Kelly to Maynooth University to launch the event. Also in attendance were representatives from the GC committee, and from our charity partner, Down Syndrome Ireland

To coincide with the launch, registration opened in late December, and if you haven’t registered for the best weekend of 2016 yet, we’d advise you to do so quickly!!  You can use the form below to get started


And last but not least, training for GC 2016 kicked off this weekend past, and we had a great mix of new and old faces on the road both Saturday and Sunday for the first 10km spin.  For more details of upcoming training weekends, including the all-important mandatory cycles, please see out Training Plan!  As you can see from the photos below, craic was had both days, and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone on the road!

Important Charity Partner Update for GC 2016

We would like to share an overview of the EGM on last Wednesday the 25th of November and the important decisions which were made. From the motion presented to those in attendance, it was decided by a majority vote from the Galway Cycle members that a new charity partner should be selected for Galway Cycle 2016. We respectfully wish the previous partner every success in their fundraising for the year ahead, and hope that we can work with them at some point in the future instead.

In light of this vote, it was then further decided by a majority vote by members in attendance that we proceed with the charity who came in second place at the night of our AGM held on the 20th Oct, and on recounting the ballot sheets, this was determined to be Down Syndrome Ireland.

Therefore Galway Cycle 2016 will be in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland.

A constitutional review committee was also formed to address the updating of the constitution, and professional advice will be sought to assist us in ensuring our constitution reflects and protects the Galway Cycle and our values.

Thanks to everyone for their support and patience – Galway Cycle is a small volunteer run event and we are learning as we grow – one thing we do know is that GC16 will continue to be the Cycling, Charity and Craic we all know and love.

If you have any concerns or issues with the below please contact us directly, either Aaron at president[at], or Teresa at pro[at]