Hughie Gallagher to cycle 420 miles of Donegal


Hughie Gallagher from Gweedore is undertaking a mammoth task on Saturday 1st August 2015, starting at 12 noon when he cycles 420 miles non-stop around the perimeter of our beautiful County Donegal, taking in the Wild Atlantic Way, Glengesh and Mamore Gap.

Cycle starts from Ionad Naomh Padraig Dobhair in Gweedore and finishes at the same venue approximately 28 hours later.

Hughie has previously undertaken numerous challenges, including cycling non-stop from Mizen Head to Malin Head (360 miles) in 2009; cycling from Gweedore to Dublin and back to Gweedore (360 miles) non-stop in 2011.

In 2013 he commenced the three peak challenge by climbing Errigal Mountain then cycling non-stop to Croagh Patrick in Westport and climbing Croagh Patrick on the same day, the following morning he cycled from Westport in Mayo to Carrauntouhill and on the third day he climbed Carrauntouhill!

His latest challenge was when he took part in Relay for Life in June 2014 when he cycled non-stop for 24 hours on a training bike during the fundraiser.

Hughie will leave Ionad Naomh Pádraig, Dobhair, at 12.00 noon on Saturday 1st August 2015 (weather permitting) and will return to Ionad Naomh Pádraig at approximately 4 pm on Sunday afternoon.

Any funds raised from sponsorship of this cycle will go towards purchasing uniforms and instruments for Dore Marching Band in advance of their trip to New York to take part in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in 2016.

The route for the cycle is as follows:-

Dore, Annagry, Burtonport, Dungloe, Lettermacaward, Narin, Ardara, Glengesh,
Glencolmcille, Malinmore, Carrick, Kilcar, Killybegs, Dunkineely,
Mountcharles, Donegal Town, Ballintra, Rossnowlagh, Ballyshannon, Bundoran,
Pettigo, Laghey, Donegal Town, Barnesmore Gap, Ballybofey, Stranorlar,
Killygordon, Castlefin, Lifford, St. Johnston, Carrigans, Muff, Quigley's
Point, Redcastle, Moville, Greencastle, Culdaff, Malin Head, Malin Town,
Carndonagh, Ballyliffin, Clonmany, Mamore Gap, Buncrana, Burnfoot, Burt,
Newtowncunningham, Letterkenny, Ramelton, Rathmullan, Knockalla, Portsalon,
Fanad Head / Lighthouse, Harry Blaney Bridge, Carrigart, Downings, Atlantic
Drive, Creeslough, Dunfanaghy, Horn Head, Falcarragh, Gortahork,
Magheraroarty, Derrybeg, Bunbeg and Dore!