The Tilly Cycle, in honour of Tilly Gallagher, gets underway on Monday.

Achill man undertaking marathon cycle in memory of his niece Tilly Gallagher

Achill Island native, Michael D. Gallagher, is to cycle from Mizen Head to Malin Head and from Sean Moore Park in Dublin’s Docklands to Keem Bay in Achill Island in memory of his niece Tilly Gallagher who died in 2018.

Michael D. Gallagher

The cycle, which will be known as “Tilly’s Cycle” will cover over 950 km and starts on Monday next, June 14, and conclude at Achill’s picturesque Keem Bay on Friday, June 18.

Speaking at the launch of Tilly’s Cycle, Michael explained what motivated him to undertake such a mammoth undertaking.

He said: “My niece Tilly was born in Perth in 2018 with Down Syndrome.

"Like many others, she required an operation to fix a hole in her heart but unfortunately, 10 days before she was due her operation, she picked up a respiratory infection and passed away from complications.

“Ever since, I have had it in my mind to honour her memory in some way.

"When I heard about Down Syndrome Ireland developing a new Regional Centre in Swinford called Down Syndrome Ireland West, I figured this was the perfect opportunity.

"All the funds I raise will go towards fitting out a sensory room in the new centre.

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