Brendan McGill's Irish Odyssey
This Tuesday morning, 28 May, I’m setting off to Dublin to begin my “Irish Odyssey” – cycling right around Ireland, which is more than 2,000 miles.
I’m on double mission: first, to have an adventure and connect with my Irish roots, and second, to raise money for Kairos Community Trust along the way.
Four years ago, I was living in Kairos Linden Grove, where fitness played a big part in my recovery. As well as everything else, I gave up smoking and was so pleased because I’d smoked almost half my adult life. I love the freedom of cycling. I cycle most days – there’s the incidental fitness benefit – and is one of the joys of my life; that and chess, which I also started playing at Linden Grove.
I went right through Kairos, Linden Grove, the Garden Day Programme, Aftercare and a Move-on house. I made good friends in Kairos and we’re still in touch. It was a good time, a shared time full of optimism and positivity and I think that people really take that forward.
Thank you for your support!
UPDATE 17 June: Thank you to the St James the Great Golf Society in south London for raising £500 offline to support my Odyssey for Kairos, and to all my online supporters, too!
My Round-Ireland Ride
I plan to take about 35 days, including rest days, and I want to visit the extremities of the island: Mizen Head in the south, the Dingle Peninsula in the west, Malin Head in the north, and Burr Point on the Ards Peninsula in the east. There might even be a side-trip to the centre of the island.
I'll be camping out, as well as staying in hostels and visiting family. There are quite a few of them as both my parents come from Ireland.
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