After been signed by top cyclists from Ireland and international stars the jersey has finally find a good home. I accepted the bid of Patsy Brady the curator of the “Patsy’s Cycling Memorabilia Museum” situated near Tydnavet (Monaghan) and ex race director of the nationals when held in Monaghan. I added the donation to the collection we did since October last year at CX crosses including the proceeds of the X-Mas Belgian Project kit raffle at “The Bike House” cycle shop in Bangor in aid of the ” Children’s Heartbeat Trust ” from the Royal Hospital in Belfast, a charity close to our hearts. Here a bit of info of the museum and his curator who can be visit by appointment only >>>  https://www.facebook.com/patsyscyclingmemorabilia/

Patsy has been a keen cyclist from a young age and one day while out cycling with the great John Colton in the late ‘60’s they called at the home of another great cyclist, the late Seamus Cadden. Seamus was busy in his workshop at his carving craft but on the wall he had a huge poster of a famous Italian cyclist Felice Gimondi. This gave Patsy an idea and in 1984 when he was married, had house and garage built, he decided to convert the garage into a Museum, where he would store all the cycling material he could get his hands on. His collection has been added to regularly since then but currently it is mainly displaying a tribute to the fabulous careers of Sean Kelly and Stephen Roche. Indeed it is likely the only tribute being paid to Roche in this special year to recall his massive achievements of 1987. Irish Cycling has lived through a marvelous period of success internationally as well as nationally with the result that Cycling has become a major sport outstripping many of the more well-known sports as far as participant numbers are concerned and Kelly and Roche are central to all that. Patsy was honored that both cyclists have paid a visit to his Museum and were thrilled with what they saw there. But the collection covers many others who became household names in cycling like Pat ( biography courtesy of emyvale.net )

A great thanks to all the stars who signed it (some photos included of most of the signers as provenance) Patsy of course and all who donated their coins to the collection over the winter period and the Bike house Bangor..                                                                                                   childrensheartbeattrust.org