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Omagh set to host All Ireland cycling championship

Published: 1 December, 2014

Declan Mc Aleer MLA meeting with DCAL Minister Carál Ni Chuilin to discuss the All Ireland cycling championship which is set to take place in Omagh from 25th - 28th June 2015

Declan Mc Aleer MLA meeting with DCAL Minister Carál Ni Chuilin to discuss the All Ireland cycling championship which is set to take place in Omagh from 25th - 28th June 2015

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed the announcement that the 2015 All Ireland Cycling Championships will be held in Omagh next year.

He was speaking following a series of engagements with government and statutory agencies aimed at maximising the benefit of the event for the wider area.

According to Mr Mc Aleer "The securing of this prestigious competition is a fantastic achievement by Omagh Wheelers. It will attract over 200 top cyclists from around the country and continent and on top of the cycling benefits; it will draw huge crowds and give a major economic boost for the area. Importantly, it will present Omagh in a very positive light to the wider world.

"In preparation for the competition, I secured a number of important meetings with Council officials, DRD and the DCAL Minister and have written to the Tourist Board to get them on board to help promote the event. "The response to the Omagh Wheelers plans has been hugely positive. DCAL and Sport NI have committed to explore how support could be provided through the City of Culture legacy and possibly through the Sport NI Awards for Sport Programme.

"From a practical point of view, Sport NI said they may be able to bring their experience from the Giro as well as offering guidance on the health and safety aspects of the event and utilizing their links with Cycling Ireland to bring trained volunteers to marshal the event, as had been the case for the Giro.

"Omagh District Council has agreed to invite the Club to give a presentation about the event to local Councillors and we held a constructive meeting with DRD who are willing to get on board to offer their insight on the logistics of hosting such a large scale event.

Mr Mc Aleer concluded "This is a fantastic accolade for Omagh and is testimony to the professionalism and competency of Omagh Wheelers. I am confident that all of the major stakeholders and wider community will get behind the Wheelers and make this a huge festival of cycling from 25-28th June next year".