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Death of Cathal O Raghallaigh RIP

It is with deep regret to inform club members and the cycling community in Donegal of the passing of club founder Cathal O Raghallaigh. Cathal competed at a high level nationally in his younger years, 1958 being his vintage year with winning the 50 mile NCA National Championship in Pheonix Park, a 3rd place on Ras stage into Nenagh and 3rd overall in Ras that year.

After his competitive years kept a strong enthusiasm for cycling. In 1987 he started Four Masters CC and remained at the helm for over the next decade. He had high standards and strived to ensure that any race team representing the club rode to the best of their ability. Often his BMW or Mercedes were full of young riders and the boot and roof crammed with bikes travelling all over the country going to races when there was not a lot of transport available. Even in his later years he would often take part in club winter training sessions giving advice to the less experienced riders.

During his years at the helm FMCC successfully contested several Rasanna. Cathal's lasting legacy is Ras Dhun na nGall which he first organised in 1990 and last year celebrated it's 25 anniversary and is considered one of the best 3 day races in the country. We were looking at footage of the 1991 Ras Dhun na nGall at a recent club awards night where Cathal's organisational skills were in full view and is sad that he is no longer with us and will be greatly missed by the cycling community in Donegal and nationally. Cathal's funeral takes place at Clar Cemetery, Donegal Town tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm. May he rest in peace.

Picture shown is of Cathal with the Four Masters 1993 Ras team at the start of the 2nd last stage. Photo courtesy of Michael Russell.

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