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None was lost

21 March 2014

THE course was not arduous, only 11km to Newport and 11km back to Westport. But some of the few dozen lay people and clergy of the diocese of Tuam, Killala & Achonry, in the Church of Ireland, who had gathered at Holy Trinity, in Westport, had not sat on a bicycle for a long time.

"The legs felt the strain, for sure," my correspondent says, "but other body parts were smarting, too, by the end of the course." Hot tea and sandwiches had been "provided by Sue Minish and her band of fortifiers, who had also provided halfway revival food that had been whisked off to Newport by the Dean, the Very Revd Alistair Grimason, and Professor Paul Ryan - both non-cyclists, owing to Anno Domini - who waited there with other supports and encouragers to welcome thereal heroes of the day, and send them back refreshed."

All who started finished the course. "None among the brethren was lost. In Tuam, Killala & Achonry, we're like the Marines: we never leave a fallen comrade behind," my correspondent says.

The effort had gone towards an ongoing project for raising money for the Masai Girls' School in the Kajiado region of Kenya, and they expect that the final amount raised will be "well over €2000".

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