Photo courtesy of ©INPHO/Bryan Keane including feature

This award I dedicate to our volunteers, sponsors, supporting clubs including my beloved Ards CC, our guest parents in Belgium and my wife Maggie who has supported my dream since the word go. Without them, I couldn’t have reached this amazing point in my life. No words can describe how I feel now except maybe flabbergast if that is a word. I don’t often show my emotions publicly but Saturday night at the award dinner of CI I had it difficult to hide, a tear or two in the way back from Dublin in the car I have to admit, thinking if my mum and dad and wishing they could have been there…I never made it as a cyclist, but this is for sure the next best thing. When such award is given to you and reflects how people judge you, it makes me proud, even feeling a little guilty for winning, as the other nominees are top people in our sport in Ireland, and deserve such accolade too! Living the dream is still very much alive and this will inspire me to find ways to help our youngsters a wee step up the ladder…this is what it is all about…my sincere thanks to the cycling fraternity of Ireland. Here a few photos I took at the City West Hotel on Saturday, a night I shared with same minded people

Olympic hopes ( Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Bryan Keane)
In memory of GayboHis widow Kate Howard and family receiving the “Hall of Fame Award” in behalf of Gabriel.
One of the most decorated women in Ireland in modern times Eve Mc Crystal receiving the special performances award and will share this with Katie George her partner in crime
Some talent in this picture
Phil Skelton awarded for his work to make our roads safer for cyclists…this man has and will save lives…1.5 his message!!
The Enduro crowd… these athletes compete at high world level and need to get promoted more in Ireland…let’s start today
Jessica Lamb (St Tiernans and CI) interviewing skills to the test…and passed with honour
High tech TV production team at work
To finish this report a very proud moment indeed…One of my bursary holder receiving the ” Woman Cyclist of the Year Award” Lara Gillespie’s performances at the world and European stage with medals to prove it is just awesome…my award need a polish…lol