The Irish Kidney Association (IKA) invites cyclists and supporters to join the Ring of Kerry Cycle on Saturday, 6th July 2024. This iconic event, which started over four decades ago by the Kerry IKA branch, has grown significantly, raising over €19 million for more than 160 causes, including establishing a vital dialysis center in Kerry.
Veterans from the first cycle remain active with the IKA, either participating in or supporting this year’s event. Many participants are kidney patients who join to celebrate transplantation and the importance of exercise for both physical and emotional health. Notably, seven-year-old Cíalan Walsh from Waterville, Kerry, who needs a kidney transplant, serves as an inspiration to all. Cíalan attended a photocall at The Europe Hotel & Resort in Killarney on 8th June with founding members and cyclists supporting the IKA.
This year’s cycle features IKA ambassadors from Carlow, Cork, Kerry, Monaghan, and Tipperary, who have been personally impacted by organ failure. Their participation highlights resilience and promotes organ donation while emphasizing fitness before and after transplants.

The IKA encourages support for the Ring of Kerry Cycle and its mission through several avenues:
Participate in the Cycle: Ride the 170k scenic route on 6th July and select the IKA as your charity. One free registration is available for every team of five.
Fundraise: Use the iDonate platform to raise funds for the IKA, with the top fundraiser winning a 2-night stay in Killarney.
Virtual Cycle: Register for a virtual cycle to participate from any location throughout July, either individually or with cycling clubs or spinning classes.
Bumper Prize Raffle: Enter the IKA raffle to win prizes worth over €8,000.

For more details and to support the IKA, visit (Photography by Michelle Cooper Galvin)