The first stage of the eight day Raleigh Dunlop Tour of Ireland sees the cyclists leave Dublin for Birr in County Offaly.

Crowds thronged O'Connell Street in Dublin for the start of the Raleigh Dunlop Tour of Ireland outside the General Post Office (GPO).

Charles Haughey TD greeted the cyclists on the start line before the race commenced.

The opening stage of the eight day event took the competitors the 86 miles from Dublin to Birr in County Offaly. Seventeen teams took part among them a young hopeful from Waterford Sean Kelly.

Stage One was won by English cyclist Jack Kershaw who took the yellow jersey. Pat McQuaid of the Irish Olympic squad came in second place

This episode of Sports Scene was broadcast on 10 August 1975. The programme was produced and directed by Michael O’Carroll.