Chefs cycle for Cystic Fibrosis
Ireland’s top chefs are usually busy cooking and not cycling but keep your eyes peeled in the next few weeks as 100 of the country’s chefs leave their kitchens to take to the road for a charity cycle which begins and ends at the Burren Slow Food Festival.
The 300k (186 miles) three-day pedal will begin and end in Clare between 23rd and 25th May – starting from Lisdoonvarna to Galway, to Maam Cross in Connemara, back to Galway and finishing in Lisdoonvarna, all in aid of Cystic Fibrosis.
The cycle has been spearheaded by Yes Chef publisher Shane Smith who lost a cousin to Cystic Fibrosis ‘after years of battling it with a concoction of medication’.
Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease which affects the lungs and digestive system of about 1,200 children and adults in Ireland and Smith hopes the cycle will raise thousands for the charity, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland.
Shane will be joined by Galway chef JP McMahon who owns Anair and Cava Bodega as well as Leitrim’s Sham Hanifa who is head chef of The Cottage.
McMahon said: “Why did I sign up? I was coaxed into it by Shane! No seriously, Drigin and I were informed when our daughter Heather was born that she had a tumour, benign thankfully, but she spend the first year of her life in the capable hands of Crumlin Children’s Hospital. This makes one think and realise that unless people like us actually make an effort to raise awareness and much needed funds, advancement could simply never happen”.
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