Cycle Against Suicide on 14-day marathon

The 2014 Cycle Against Suicide
The 2014 Cycle Against Suicide

As the world focused on the Giro d’Italia opening time trial stage in Belfast yesterday, a lesser-known group of cyclists were continuing their journey across Northern Ireland.

The annual Cycle Against Suicide event resumed following the death of a motorcycle marshall as the result of an accident on Wednesday.

The family of Brenawn O’Connell gave their blessing for the crucial awareness-raising event to continue on its way from Belfast to Portadown, before heading south to Carlingford and Dundalk today.

Tomorrow, the riders will cycle to Skerries before finishing at the Garda Boat Club in Islandbridge, Dublin.

Cycle Against Suicide was started by Irish entrepreneur Jim Breen with the aim of promoting the help and support services available to anyone dealing with depression, self harm, at risk of suicide, or those bereaved through suicide.

The 14-day marathon cycle began in Dublin on April 28 and has passed through Waterford, Cork, Killarney, Limerick, Galway, Sligo and Donegal before, crossing the border at Strabane on Day 10 and on to Belfast through Londonderry, Coleraine and Maghera.