HSOC was delighted to sponsor a team supporting Valentia Hospital in the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle, which took place on Saturday 5th July.

Now in its 31st year, the annual Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle has raised nearly €7 million for Kerry based charities. The gruelling 112 mile cycle takes in spectacular views.  8500 cyclists start in Killarney and wind their way away around the ring passing through towns and villages such as Kenmare, Sneem, Caherdaniel and Glenbeigh before finishing back in Killarney later that evening.

The event is one of the biggest charity fundraisers in Munster. This year’s event was so popular that registrations had to close early leaving many disappointed cyclists. Participants in the leisure cycle included Taoiseach Enda Kenny. The riders were treated to great weather, which further enhanced the stunning views.

Funds for Valentia Hospital

Valentia hospital  has been providing its services to the people of Valentia and the surrounding areas for 143 years. It is renowned for providing exceptional care to the local elderly community.

The community hospital is a not-for-profit association with charitable status.  It aims to provide care in a safe and supportive environment and to ensure that each resident feels respected and dignified.

They are currently fundraising to build an extension to the Hospital, which will provide an additional 6 beds. The funds raised through the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle will go directly towards this.

The triumphant team

Pictured above is Colum O’ Connell, brother of our managing director John O’ Connell, who headed the triumphant HSOC team. After a rigorous and demanding two week training regime, he was one of the first 5,000 to cross the finish line.

Next on the list for Colum is the Tour de France!