Tour of Ireland

Day 8: Into The West, Revisiting Memories!

Day 8: Into The West, Revisiting Memories!

My rest day consisted of exactly that, I didn’t do a whole pile of anything, I met Deasun, who I hadn’t seen in years, for lunch and enjoyed a good massage in the afternoon. It was exactly what the doctor ordered. Setting off from the […]

Day 7: Athlone isn’t Offaly far is it?

Day 7: Athlone isn’t Offaly far is it?

Having stayed in Birr, we made the trek across the Slieve Bloom mountains to where we had finished the previous day in Mountrath to start from the same spot. We encountered some creative parking on arrival in the Laois town, and after a few attempts […]

Day 6: It’s a Long Way Through Tipperary

Day 6: It’s a Long Way Through Tipperary

Waking up in Limerick was the first time on the entire trip that I had bounced out of bed looking forward to the 100km ahead. The daily pattern of having a swim and a soak in the Jacuzzi after the days exertions was beginning to […]

Day 5: Swapping the Kingdom for the Treaty

Tuesday morning, after a well earned day’s rest in Killarney, I set off again, this time it was the first time we were heading east, having reached the most westerly spot on the tour in the kingdom of Kerry. 115.2km of tarmac lay between me […]

Day 4: Three’s Company

Day 4: Three’s Company

So over a very picturesque breakfast myself and Dad bumped into Rob and Marian Heffernan who had also been staying in the Quality Hotel the previous evening. We had a quick chat before each pair excused themselves to get ready for the ride ahead. We […]

Day 3: Dungarvan, Detours, Delicious Desserts and Dream Locations

Day 3: Dungarvan, Detours, Delicious Desserts and Dream Locations

This morning we set off from Kilkenny and had Carrick-on-Suir in our sights, the home of Sean Kelly, the legendary Irish cyclist and former World Number 1. Once again I was on my own and managed to get to Carrick with little to no fuss, […]

Day 2: Gorey to Kilkenny and back again!

Day 2: Gorey to Kilkenny and back again!

I slept through my alarm on day 2 of the cycle, I’m blaming but my support team managed to get me up in plenty of time to have a great breakfast and get out on the bike a couple of minutes ahead of the 9:30 […]

Day 1: Four Seasons in One Day

Day 1: Four Seasons in One Day

So the day of reckoning finally arrived, a mildly sleepless night where final dashing around for bike accessories and other arrangements dragged on to well after midnight. I woke ahead of the alarm clock at about 7:30, and got up, had a bowl of porridge, […]

Preparations Progressing Nicely

Preparations Progressing Nicely

So after weeks of planning and preparing, it boils down to this, less than 48 hours to the off, and the fifteen days ahead with two wheels between me and planet Earth. I’m going to be passing through each of Ireland’s 32 counties over the […]

Tour of Ireland Cycle

In October 2010, weighing almost twenty stone (125kg), single and depressed, Breifne Earley set out ten personal challenges to change his life, over the next two years he got in shape, completed a marathon, learned to swim and finished two triathlons & three open water […]