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The John Kelly ‘Road to Croker’ – Sunday June 22nd 2014

‘Road to Croker’
Charity Cycle
Nurney GAA in association with The Irish Kidney Association


On August 14th last, Nurney GAA Club lost one of it’s greatest member’s when John Kelly passed away at the age of 65. John had been ill since 2004 and between that time and his passing was on dialysis three times per week, had a kidney transplant that lasted four years, two heart bypasses and a number of amputations.

Despite his illness he always kept his passion for the GAA and supported his club and County right up to the end, even attending a local club game just day’s before his death. He loved nothing better than watching his club or attending Croke Park to support his beloved ‘Lilywhites’.

In 2010 John gained National prominence by being voted ‘Ireland’s Most Dedicated GAA Supporter’. The publicity he received from this accolade meant nothing to John, his biggest delight was that his club received €15,000 as a result of his success.

In 2012 Nurney GAA Club organised their first ever ‘Road to Croker’ Sponsored Cycle and this event was repeated again last year. During discussions to organise the 2014 event it was agreed that it would be a fitting tribute to John to name this annual event in his memory and link up with another organisation very dear to him, The Irish Kidney Association.

The ‘John Kelly Road to Croker Cycle’ will take place on Sunday June 22nd commencing at Nurney GAA Club, Co. Kildare at 9 am and finishing after 64Km in Croke Park.

Participants from all clubs and organisations are invited to take part and a ‘Club Challenge’ is being organised as part of the cycle whereby participants can raise funds for their own club/organisation or charity. The first €100 sponsorship received goes to the cycle event, which includes a free commemorative Cycling jersey, with all extra sponsorship over €100 going to the organisation of your choice.

Food, refreshments and transport from Croke Park will be provided for all cyclists.

For further information or to register please contact:

Pauline Gallagher , Secretary Organising Committee,
Clarey, Nurney, Co.Kildare.
(086) 6633402
or e-mail: roadtocroker2014@gmail.com

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