This Saturday (December 10), Killoe man Mickey Joe Keogh will cycle the 120km distance from the nation’s capital Dublin to Longford town. The cycle, which forms part of an overall GAA fundraising initiative for Longford Social Services, will link in with the Route 66 Challenge taking place this coming weekend in Longford town. The latter will see the County Longford Senior Football Team donning their county colours and taking to six gym bikes positioned on the Market Square in Longford Town. Their aim is to cycle 4,000kms in just over 24 hours.
“When Andy Smith rang me first to tell me about it (the Route 66 Challenge cycle), I thought it was a brilliant idea. My own father (Michael) receives Meals on Wheels from Longford Social Services so I know first-hand how important their work is,” said Mickey Joe Keogh in speaking to the Leader recently. “He thinks its a great job. He’s getting a decent dinner every day. I felt from the start that I would do what I could to support it and that’s when I came up with the idea of cycling from Dublin to Longford.”
Although Mickey has not had much time to prepare, his fitness level is quite strong at the moment.
“I often cycle from Enfield to Longford and I also trained for the Ring of Kerry earlier this year,” said the former County Longford centre half back. “I’m hoping that by cycling I can raise as much money as possible for Longford Social Services.”
Dennis Hughes of Longford Social Services welcomes the GAA’s historic support for the organisation, the influence of which comes from the late Padraic Gearty who was instrumental in the growth and development of both organisations.
“The main service that Longford Social Services provides is Meals on Wheels for the over 65 year olds throughout the town and county. It’s a seven day a week service,” said Dennis in speaking to the Leader. “We are absolutely delighted that the County Longford GAA are supporting us – thanks to them we might have some chance of getting a new van.” Longford Social Services provides Meals on Wheels to 220 Longfordians each day.