The Kerry branch of Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) is gearing up for the 6th annual Tom Crean Unsung Hero Cycle on September 30th, starting from Ballyseedy Home and Garden Centre in Tralee. This charitable event aims to raise essential funds for crucial services like speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physiotherapy for children and adults, all unsupported by direct government funding.
In tribute to renowned explorer Tom Crean, whose family is involved in DSI Kerry, and to honor Emily Keohane, a cherished DSI Kerry member who passed away in 2017, the cycle embarks from Ballyseedy Home and Garden Centre’s main entrance at 9 am. Three route choices are offered: Route A (75km) takes cyclists from Tralee through Annascaul and Inch before returning; Route B (112km) includes a Dingle journey via the Conor Pass; Route C (150KM) extends around Slea Head before looping back via the Conor Pass.
At Ballyseedy Home and Garden Centre, participants and supporters can enjoy a day of family fun, including light refreshments, music, entertainment, and all cyclists will receive a medal.
Enda O’Brien of DSI Kerry and Tom Crean’s grandson expressed anticipation for the cycle, emphasizing its significance in honoring unsung heroes who support essential services. Funds raised during the event ensure DSI Kerry continues to provide vital assistance.
Nathan McDonnell, CEO of Ballyseedy Home and Gardens, echoed the importance of community engagement, expressing enthusiasm for hosting the event and welcoming participants alongside Down Syndrome Kerry.Our ethos at Ballyseedy is – People, Plants and Planet, being part of local events and initiatives is so important to us

For further information and to keep up to date with the cycle, visit the Tom Crean Unsung Hero Cycle Facebook page: