Author Archives: Donnacha Clifford

Mid-Kerry at it’s best

Posted: February 17, 2015 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 0

A sunny Saturday February morning with a 100K cycle on my mind. I was just out of the restraints of a chest infection and for this reason I decided to try and stay away from the hills which is not too easy being based in Tralee. The decision was to head in the direction of mid-Kerry which offers a beautiful array of route options with some lovely quite roads that are not too busy with traffic. The morning was idyllic for cycling, very calm and almost spring-like with a slight lingering chill, not time for exposing too much skin to the world [...]

Sean Kelly & the Gap of Dunloe

Posted: January 31, 2012 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 0

Came across a fantastic picture from the Graham Watson Archive recently of Sean Kelly leading the bunch through the Gap of Dunloe during the 1986 Nissan Classic. Having cycled that road a few weeks ago, I can testify, it is not easy [...]

Ghost of Cycling Past

Posted: January 28, 2012 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 0

It's funny to come across some old pictures that you never knew existed. Recently I came across this photo on the Tralee Cycling Club Website. It was from one of their leisure spins from 2002 which was held in Lixnaw. Amazing what you can find when you least expect it, I wonder are there many more out there [...]

Mick Murphy Terrace Talk Interview

Posted: January 28, 2012 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 1

On of my highlights of 2011 was being present for the Currow CC Press Launch for the two An Post Ras stages that would be finishing and beginning the  in Castleisland at the end of May in 2011. The press launch was held on the 2nd of May and after the usual photographs and smiles the party adjourned to Con's bar in Castleisland, where there was a Terrace Talk interview that Weeshie Fogarty held with Mick Murphy, who was also present for the launch. The link to the interview is [...]

Gene Mangan

Posted: January 28, 2012 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 0

I got a chance to recently listen to an audio interview Gene Mangan gave to Weeshie Fogarty of Terrace Talk in 2010. [Link to interview here]. A fascinating story and an incredible record for a man from Killorglin having won the Rás Tailteann in 1955 and is the youngest winner of the competition at only 18 years old. Gene went on to 12 stages of this great race over the years. Some great information about Gene out there, you should check out the following links: Killorglin Cycling Club Article The Gene Mangan [...]