We would like to appeal for your support and co-operation during the National Road
Race Cycling Championships due to be held in the parish on Saturday June the 25th
and Sunday June 26th. Headquarters for the weekend will be the GAA complex in Scotstown.
The first race to take place will be the Ladies Race on Saturday morning. Cyclists
and race vehicles will proceed from GAA Complex at 10.30am to the Carrahor road junction
on the Knockatallon road for race start at 11.00am. The race will head to Knockatallon
Cross, turning right up past the Sliabh Beagh Hotel, taking the first right turn
at Maurice McCarey’s and back to the end of the Carrahor road. This circuit will
be raced for seven laps. Finish line and presentation of prizes will take place
outside Sliabh Beagh Hotel. This race will be followed by the Veteran Men’s Race
(over 40yrs) at 3.00pm on the same circuit.
Gardaí will be operating a rolling road closure. This means that no vehicle of
any type shall be allowed to meet the race head on. If you have to travel while
the races are on the road you can only travel in the same direction as the competitors
after the last of the race vehicle has passed your junction / entrance and as instructed
by race Marshals / Gardaí. We would ask you to inform other members of the community
of this event. We also appeal that you ensure that all dogs and cats are kept under
control while the races are taking place. Please come out and show your support
to the cyclists and feel free to record or take photos of the races. Professional
photos from the event will be published on: www.irishcycling.com, www.cyclingulster.com,
Charity Cycle Ride
A 25km charity cycle ride will take place on Saturday evening starting from the GAA
complex Scotstown at approximately 6.00pm. This is suitable for all cycle enthusiasts
from 12yrs onwards and will be an opportunity for locals to cycle alongside many
of Ireland’s leading cyclists at a relaxed pace. A voluntary contribution at sign-on
will go towards the Special Olympics Ireland, Co. Monaghan branch.
Please Note! The best place to watch the Saturday races will be at the Sliabh Beagh
Hotel where race commentary and presentation of prizes will take place. Remember
you can only get there via Scotstown/ Knockatallon cross, the same route as the races.
The Sunday race is the most prestigious race in the Irish cycling calendar. Again
race headquarters will be the GAA complex in Scotstown. The race will start at the
fair green in Scotstown at 11.00am, continue out to Knockatallon cross, then turning
right up past the Sliabh Beagh Hotel, on towards the American cross (R186), turning
right for Killylough, through Tydavnet, Lemaculla, Connolly’s bridge, Ballinode and
back to Scotstown via Kilmore (25Km Loop). The cyclists will ride seven laps (175Km
GardaÍ will once again be operating rolling road closures. Cars travelling to the
Ulster semi-final in Clones will be diverted away from Scotstown. No kerb side parking
will be allowed in any of the villages on the race route. Permission has been granted
for parking in the following villages: Tydavnet (Church car park), Ballinode (Maguire’s
Transport yard), Scotstown (Caulfield’s garage) and Knockatallon (Moyna’s yard).
Please Note! The mass time for St. Mary’s church has been changed from 11.30am to
8.30am. A courtesy busto the Sliabh Beagh Hotel for Sunday lunch (12.30pm-3.00pm)
will be provided for the general public. The 16 seater bus from Hand’s Mini Bus
Hire (0872704224) will drive at the back of the race all day and will pick up passengers
at the above named car parks. As the Sliabh Beagh Hotel is the official feeding station
for the cyclists, large numbers of family, friends and supporters are expected. We
encourage as many as possible to use this free service to keep the villages free
from possible traffic congestion. There will be live race commentary and entertainment
during the race at the fair green in Scotstown. Presentation of prizes will also
take place here and a large crowd is expected.
We at the Emyvale Cycling Club hope everyone enjoys the weekend and cherishes this
momentous occasion in the history of the parish. Thank you.