While most people took up baking during lockdown, two friends decided to try their hand at a different endeavour - tandem cycling.


The pair, who are originally from Cork, have been friends since they met in primary school and now they’re putting their new skill to good use by undertaking an epic 600km cross-country trip to raise funds for the Irish Red Cross.



"We have known each other since 1974 and the last collection we did together was probably for our communion so it's great to be able to give something back to a good cause. Before all this we were never on a tandem bike before but it's been great craic trying to get used to it and seeing the countryside along the way."


- David O'Reilly






David says he and Kieran were inspired to raise funds for the Irish Red Cross when they learned about the work that volunteers do all around the country.


"Myself and Kieran decided to raise money for the Irish Red Cross because they help communities in Ireland in so many different ways. During Covid-19 they really were a lifeline for vulnerable people around the country and I've witnessed their search and rescue teams in action - their volunteers and the services they provide are second-to-none."



David O'Reilly and Garda Kieran Shields start their adventure on September 21st in Clonbur, Co. Galway and hope that the public will get behind their trip, which will take them all the way to Dublin and back to Gortmore in Co. Mayo in a six day journey.


Let's give a hand for David and Kieran!


*Donations of €250+ are worth 45% extra to the Irish Red Cross if you pay income tax or capital gains tax – at no extra cost to you. If you do not wish to receive updates in the post from us, please email fundraising@redcross.ie or call Freephone 1800 50 70 70.

Photo credit: Arthur Carron