Thursday, August 30, 2012

Doherty encourages Meath women to get on their bike

Fine Gael Meath East TD, Regina Doherty, is encouraging women across Meath to get on their bikes and take part in the Costa Autumn Classic, a new single day race in Moynalvey, which is taking place next month. The event is being organised by those behind Rás na mBan, Ireland’s only women’s international stage race.

“I am delighted to see this event being brought to Co. Meath; it will not only provide an incentive for Meath women of all ages to get fit, it will also bring a great buzz of activity to the locality. While the Rás na mBan may be too daunting to consider for most of us, the Costa Classic, at 70km, is a more realistic and achievable aim for cyclists of lesser ability.

“The recession has seen a huge growth in popularity in outdoor pursuits like running and cycling. It’s great to see more and more people out and about and getting involved in events such as this one. Regular exercise is essential to stay fit and healthy, and signing up for a race like the Costa Classic provides a great incentive to keep active.

“A great element of the Costa Classic is the fact that it’s open to all categories, including under-16s girls. The race will cover three laps of the Dorey’s Forge circuit, with prizes on offer for those first over the finishing line.

“The event will bring a festival atmosphere to Moynalvey, and I would encourage everyone to get involved; whether it’s taking part in the race, cheering on the participants or helping out with the organisation, it’s a great opportunity for the community to work together.

“I look forward to seeing women of all ages and abilities crossing the finish line at Shanks Mare pub on Sunday 23rd September.”

Monday, August 20, 2012

Doherty welcome’s Rathoath’s Olympic champ home

Fine Gael Meath East Deputy, Regina Doherty, has welcomed Rathoath’s Cian O’Connor home from London, commending the medal winner for a fantastic performance at the 2012 Olympic equestrian individual show-jumping final.

“Cian’s performance at the London Olympics, which saw him take home a bronze medal, was without doubt one of the most dramatic performances of the entire Olympics. From Cian’s last minute re-entry into the competition, up until the final jump-off which saw him stave off the competition to take a medal, Cian’s final had us on the edge of our seats until the very end.

“The whole country has be buoyed by the performance of all our Olympic athletes, medal winners or not. As a native of Rathoath, however, the people of Meath are over the moon with Cian’s achievements and we are delighted  to welcome him home.

“Cian’s success with his horse Blue Loyd at London 2012 is a testament to his hard work and commitment to his sport. He has encountered his fair share of adversity in the past and has fought hard to get back on top, where his bronze medal puts him once again.

“This accomplishment will act as an enormous boost to Cian’s career and also to Irish show-jumping and the Irish equestrian industry generally. The whole of Meath stood behind Cian throughout his time in London. We are now looking forward to giving him the hero’s welcome home he deserves.”