Sporting history is made as Ireland holds a women' cycling stage race for the first time.

The John Hearn Memorial Race is the first ever three-day cycling stage event for women in Ireland. Around 60 women took part in the stage through the streets of Carrick-on-Suir and the surrounding countryside. Cyclists from Belgium, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were taking part.

Cycle racing had been traditionally dominated by men.

1985 saw the first women's Tour de France which inspired the people of Carrick-on-Suir to follow suit.

The three-day race has £1,000 in prizes and one of the stages even passes by the home of the world’s number one racing star Sean Kelly.

There was also a men’s race with around one hundred cyclists taking part but it was largely overshadowed by the historic women’s race.

Organisers hope that the three-day women’s race will become an annual event.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 3 August 1986. The reporter is Michael Ryan.