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Shannon’s Andy cycling home from Edinburgh for autism charities

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Shannon’s Andy Moloney is getting set to cycle almost 550 miles all in aid of autism charities on both sides of The Irish Sea.

On September 3rd, Andy will take off on the five day trip that will see him pedal from Edinburgh to his native Shannon all the while raising money for Scottish Autism, the Irish Society for Autism and Ennis Voices for Autism.

An employee with Malone’s Bar in Edinburgh, the diagnosis of Andy’s son Ellis with autism shortly before his third birthday has proved to be the inspiration for the cycle. Seven of his friends also have children who are on the spectrum.

“Schools are struggling massively with supporting the growing number of children on the autism spectrum, with 1 in 59 children now being diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Funds are needed to cope with this rise and charities need all the help they can get to support families. It’s a matter that needs as much awareness as possible, so I’m just glad to be doing my bit towards helping the amazing autism charities in Scotland and Ireland,” the modest Clare man said.

He will spend two days cycling from Edinburgh to Cairnryan before boarding the ferry to Belfast, then cycling for three days from there to Co Clare. After already reaching his initial target of £2000, so far Moloney has raised £5400 for Scottish Autism and €4500 for the Irish charities with the aim of increasing this figure before sitting on the saddle.

To donate, click on the link – ANDY MOLONEY FUNDRAISER

Newmarket-on-Fergus native, Páraic McMahon is a freelance journalist and broadcaster currently working for numerous national and local publications including The Clare Echo, The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent, The Irish Times, RTÉ, TheJournal.ie, The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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