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National Championships Launch Night.

Race Director and the Emyvale Cycling Club organised a very successful Launch Night for the National Championships. It was held in the Sliabh Beagh Hotel and a big crowd turned out. Representatives of Cycling Ireland and Cycling Ulster were present as well as local representatives and some of the officials who will be officiating over the four days of action.
The night was chaired by yours trully and I was delighted to do so for a club which has been close to my family in that our father was an Ulster Champion Cyclist for Emyvale in the 30’s and was a big competitor of and friend of Dungannon man - the late P J Logan, father of the TV personality - Adrian Logan.
Refreshments were served, which everyone enjoyed, and then Peter Keenan set the scene with the reciting of his composition - The Mountain of Sliabh Beagh’ which was followed by Owen McKenna, representing the local Knockatallon community. Owen described the development of the area and was delighted that this great event is coming to the region and he congratulated Emyvale CC and wished them a successful event.
Club Chairman, Paul Gormley welcomed all to the launch and thanked all who had brought the Club to this point where they are involved in running such a high profile event.
Tommy Lambe, Cycling Ulster; Stevie McKenna, Roads Commission; and Geoff Liffey, CEO of Cycling Ireland spoke of the event and praised the Emyvale Club for their work for cycling over many decades. This is a huge undertaking but they are confident that it will be a great event and they singled out Patsy Brady for the enthusiasm and drive he has shown in the organisation of this event.
Sgt. Declan McGarvey from the Scotstown Garda Barracks outlined the procedures being put in place for the safety of all and the smooth running of the event with the least disruption to local activity.
Patsy Brady, race director, gave a detailed programme for the four days and thanked a multitude of people and organisations who have been so helpful and co-operative in the preparation of the many facets of the National Championships. The Main sponsor for the Championships- Town of Monaghan Co-op, who have been very generous with support for the Emyvale Club over the years, was thanked for without their willing assistance this event could not be feasible. Marketing Manager, Jim McCormack, was present and he presented the Sponsorship cheque to Patsy Brady. A photoshoot, which included our own, Conor Murphy, who will be a participant with his Eurocycles team, and interviews followed. Northern Sound, Northern Standard, Cycling and were represented. Our photos were taken by Declan McMahon.