Members of An Garda Síochána are to take part in a one hundred mile fundraising cycle on a twenty man tandem in aid of a cancer charity.

Twenty members of An Garda Síochána from the Loughrea District in County Galway have arranged a very novel fundraising event for the 'Conquer Cancer Campaign'. They will cycle the hundred mile stretch from Loughrea to Dublin on a twenty man tandem

Garda Dick Quinlivan explains how they came up with the unusual idea for fundraising in aid of the ‘Conquer Cancer Campaign’.

We have been training since February, we’re in pretty good shape now, but we had some gruelling times at the start. 

Their training sessions have been taking place in the state forest in Portumna. When fully manned, the vehicle weighs two tons, but can reach speeds of almost 20 miles per hour.

Chairman of the Galway branch of the Irish Cancer Campaign Danno Heaslip praised the Gardaí for their marvellous achievement and hopes they will receive support and contributions from people as they cycle through various towns and villages en route to Dublin.

The Gardaí took their tandem from Portumna to Loughrea for the official start of their marathon and received a grand send-off from the locals. 

They will leave Loughrea on 19 May and visit Ballinasloe, Athlone, Kilbeggan, Kinnegad and Maynooth before arriving in Dublin on 21 May.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 18 May 1988. The reporter is Jim Fahy.