Thousands of cyclists take part in a Joycean tour of Dublin on National Bike Day.

Ireland's fifth annual bike day is celebrated at 240 different events around the country. In Dublin, Lord Mayor Alexis Fitzgerald, the official starter, waves the city's Joycean tour away from Saint Stephen's Green. Over 2,500 cyclists of all ages set off along a special route which includes all the main places associated with James Joyce and his works. The course is,

Mapped out by the Eastern Tourist Board to mark the author’s centenary year.

Joycean spots along the route include Newman House where James Joyce studied, Sandymount Strand and Ringsend. The half way point of the tour is at the Martello tower at Sandycove Point.

Where some cyclists took advantage of the sun while others got their sponsorship cards marked before heading back to the city.

National Bike Day is sponsored by Irish Raleigh Limited with the assistance of the Irish Cycling Federation. The day not only focuses attention on all aspects of cycling, but also raises funds for the work of the Rehabilitation Institute. The organisers hope to raise over £100,000 in sponsorship from the event.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 25 April 1982. The reporter is Mary Fanning.