Ulster Cycling News

Eamon’s Get Together

 Remembering a friend who made a difference

On the 13th June 2016 many people were impacted by the sudden passing of Eamon McClean from a heart attack aged just 50. As well as being a wonderful father, husband, brother and son, Eamon was a friend to many. He was a Director of Speedwell Trust, based in Parkanaur Dungannon. It is ironic that Eamon died at work, doing what he loved most, bringing school children from both communities together through shared educational programmes.

Eamon loved sports and was involved in many clubs with his children including Omagh St Enda’s GAA Club , Omagh Academicals RFC and  Strule Dolphins Swimming Club.  He loved cycling and was a valued member Omagh Wheelers Cycling Club whether as part of a peloton on the roads of West Tyrone or as a youth coach passing his enthusiasm and knowledge of the sport to club youngsters. The day before his untimely passing Eamon was out with a group training for the Mizen-Malin cycle an event he was really looking forward too.

On the 13th May this year those family, friends and colleagues who felt his loss so much have rallied together to promote an event which will honour his memory and raise money to continue the legacy he has left at the Speedwell trust.

The first aim of the event is to purchase a defibrillator for Speedwell Trust.

All other monies raised will be used to help continue Speedwell’s cross community projects and support many of the initiatives started by Eamon during his time with the trust.

Speedwell Trust has just celebrated its 25th anniversary and over the years has worked with over 250,000 children from schools across Northern Ireland and south of the border.

Roisin, Eamon’s wife, is delighted to be able to support Speedwell

“Eamon was immensely proud of his work at Speedwell and his family and friends are delighted to be able to offer some further support to advance what he had started “

The event on Saturday 13th May is being hosted by Arvalee School in the new Shared Educational Campus in Omagh. The event has something for everyone comprising of a 30 and 60 mile cycle, a 5K family cycle and a 5K Run/Walk.

Eamon was passionate about bringing people together and there will be something for everyone on the day at the event his friends have named “Eamon's Get Together”. There will be family fun and entertainment throughout the day including bouncy castles, bubble football, soccer skills, Art workshops, drumming, balloon making, face painting and an amazing science show. Music and refreshments

The cycle on the day is being organised by Omagh Wheelers and will poignantly follow the same route of the last cycle Eamon completed with his friends from Omagh Wheelers before his death which will also take the cyclists past the Speedwell Trust.

The event is being launched in Arvalee School on Thursday 30th March from 7pm

The organisers invite everyone interested to come along and register for one of the events on the day.

"This will be a day to remember and celebrate Eamon alongside raising money for the brilliant cross community work he was so proud of”

Click HERE to Download the Registration Form and information about T Shirts and Cycling Jerseys.

Via Press Release
Marian Lamb UCN : marianlamb@ulstercyclingnews.com


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