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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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‘On average, 25 farmers take their own lives by suicide every year’

Young farmers’ charity cycle

Over twenty young farmers from across the country are swapping tractors for bicycles this week.

They are cycling 670km from Mizen to Malin Head as part of a charity fundraiser to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society, Make the Moove and Embrace Farm.

Cycling route:

  • Monday, May 16th – Departing Mizen Head at 8.30 am to Killarney (via Bantry and Kilgarvan);
  • Tuesday, May 17th – Departing Killarney to Ennis (via Limerick);
  • Wednesday, May 18th – Departing Ennis to Claremorris (Tubber and Kinvara);
  • Thursday, May 19th – Departing Claremorris to Donegal Town (via Kiltimagh and Sligo);
  • Friday, May 20th – Departing Donegal Town to Malin Head (via Ballybofey).

Charity cycle 

Elaine Houlihan, the organiser of the event and Macra na Feirme Munster vice-president, said it was a privilege to lead the group who have been training since January for the cycle.

“Each of the three charities we are raising money for play an important part in rural communities,” she said.

“Embrace Farm, supports farm families dealing with farm accidents and bereavements. Make the Moove help farmers struggling with depression and mental health issues. The Irish Cancer Society helps all families battling cancer,” Elaine said.

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She explained that all cyclists have been affected in some way by these issues and want to show their support for their friends and families by raising “much-needed” funds for each charity.

“We have been overwhelmed by the support so far and hope to keep raising money throughout the week.”

“The latest CSO statistics show that on average, 25 farmers take their own lives by suicide every year.”

“It is important for us as young farmers to stand up and support our rural communities and be brave enough to start the conversation around mental health issues,” she concluded.

Anyone wishing to donate can do so by following this link.

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