Welcome to Peter Ryan’s Race Around Ireland Fundraiser

Two international athletes take on one epic event for two families that need your support.

    The Doran’s

    Nichola Skeehan and James Doran are a family who have had their fair share of difficult times over the years.

    A lovely family with two sons named Dylan and Sean, for the Doran’s life couldn’t be better. However, when their second son Sean, was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma in March 2014 their lives changed forever.

    The Gleeson's

    Catherine and John Gleeson were awarded the national Irish Red Cross Carers of the Year in 2017, when you hear their story it is easy to see why.

    It was early summer 2014 and Catherine and John Gleeson, who live near Thurles with their three daughters, lived a normal life. Until the August of that same year, when their youngest daughter, Helen’s, health appeared to be deteriorating before their eyes to the point that she could no longer crawl.

    The Athletes
    Peter Ryan is a paralympic cyclist who is registered legally blind after being diagnosed with Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON) at the age of 20.  Alongside Sean Hahessy, the talented cyclist and Peter’s pilot, they have taken on many challenges across the globe. At the same time Peter has done talks at schools and events spreading the awareness of his story and for those with disabilities.
    In 2016 Peter and Sean took on their first Paralympics
    They are training to compete in the 2020 Paralympics
    Now they will take on the Race Around Ireland in aid of the Gleeson’s and Doran’s
    The Event
    Race Around Ireland is an ultra-endurance event which asks you to give everything and then some on this 2150KM course. Peter and Sean will be cycling anything up to 500KM a day in this non stop race. To add to the challenge, Peter and Sean will be the first to attempt a tandem cycle and Peter will be the first rider to take part with a disability.
    The race starts on the 26th of August starting from Trim Castle
    Peter and Sean will be the first tandem cyclists to take part in the race
    The race is 2150km, around the whole of Ireland
    It is a NON STOP race to the finish
    2150

    KILOMETERS

    461000

    PEDAL REVOLUTIONS

    105

    DONATIONS

    News Updates

    From ‘angry young man’ to Paralympic dreams for visually-impaired Tipperary cyclist Peter Ryan

    Peter Ryan: ‘I was 22 and had nothing terminal. There was a long way to go’

    From ‘angry young man’ to Paralympic dreams for visually-impaired Tipperary cyclist Peter Ryan

    From ‘angry young man’ to Paralympic dreams for visually-impaired Tipperary cyclist Peter Ryan

    Acceptance for me now is that I think it’s s**t – I hate the condition

    Peter Ryan On Going From Hurler To Leading Paralympian