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Laois High Nelly Club set for fundraiser in aid of Temple Street Hospital

Clonaslee High Nelly Club

Clonaslee High Nelly Club are set to host a fundraising cycle in aid of Children’s Health Foundation in Temple Street.

It promises to be a fun-filled day out for people of all ages with live music, a roast by Dave’s BBQ and Catering and an auction.

The event takes place on Sunday May 15 and registration begins at 1pm outside Hickey’s Clonaslee before the cycle at 2pm.

A large gathering is expected on the day, both from vintage bike enthusiasts and spectators joining in for the day of entertainment.

Clonaslee High Nelly Club committee member Tom McRedmond has been busily organising the day with other members and sponsors for the past several months.

Speaking ahead of the event Tom said: “It’s great to see this happening in the village, especially after a difficult two years due to the pandemic.

“It’s great to see so many getting involved and we’re all really looking forward to it.

“The added bonus is playing our part supporting the invaluable work of Temple Street.

“We can’t wait to welcome locals from Clonaslee and further afield for a brilliant day.”

Clonaslee High Nelly Club was formed in 2019 by vintage bicycle enthusiasts.

The mutual interest saw a dozen members of the community in Clonaslee come together to use their hobby to support worthy causes.

In August 2019, forty cyclists took part in a High Nelly cycle at Hickey’s Pub Clonaslee in aid of the Mick Hogan Foundation.

Following the pandemic, the group reunited last August for another charity cycle in aid of Kilmanman Church restoration and later released a DVD from the event in support of the effort.

Most recently, the ‘High Nellies’ were delighted to join the first Clonaslee St Patrick’s Day parade in decades, which was marshalled by RTE’s Eileen Dunne.

If anyone would like to participate or cycle on the day, they can contact Tom McRedmond at 087 9476262.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.