An Expression of Gratitude

An Post Rás na mBan is over for another year and there’s been some time to reflect on what has been, by common consent, the biggest and best edition of the race to date.Our volunteer base increased this year and, while it’s still a small tight knit team, the extra personnel helped make the pre-event preparation and the event itself probably the smoothest running I can remember.

I would like to acknowledge, on behalf of the Rás na mBan crew, the hard work and selfless effort from each and every one of the team of volunteers who have helped make the 2014 edition of Ireland’s premier women’s bike race the best ever.

For our second year in County Clare, the event has benefited once again from enthusiastic local support and the legions of marshals from the various County Clare cycling clubs for which we are very grateful. That support, added to a record 14 participant nations in the event have helped elevate the event to a new standard and the preparation, presentation and promotion of the event have once again risen to match it.

For a second year we’ve been privileged to have the assistance of one of Ireland’s true sporting heroines Sonia O’Sullivan who acted as official event ambassador, presenting the trophies on stage two and serving again as an inspiration to competitors and organisers alike.

An Post Rás na mBan remains a work in progress and all involved will continue to strive to improve the event and make it a proper showcase for women’s international bike racing in Ireland.

The event continues to flourish in spite of difficult economic conditions and this year’s edition made it 28 years of international stage racing for women in Ireland in 2014.

We would to like to say thank you and congratulations to all the managers, mechanics and masseurs who gave their time to support the riders and the race.

We’d also like to thank and congratulate all the riders in An Post Rás na mBan 2014 for their commitment, talent and fortitude throughout what was quite the toughest ever edition of the event.

The event goes from strength to strength thanks to the efforts of all associated with it.

Go raibh mile maith agaibh go léir.

Best regards,
Valerie Considine
On behalf of the Rás na mBan

On behalf of all the riders, officials, fans and supporters of An Post Rás na mBan, we’d like to express our gratitude to the following for making it the best bike race in Ireland:

Sponsors

Title Sponsor: An Post

Support

Cycling Ireland – Sports Council Geoff Liffey and the Board of Cycling Ireland

Classification Sponsors

Points Jersey : National Dairy Council

QOH Jersey: Irish Veterans Cycling Association IVCA / Wicklow 200

Best Young Rider (U23): Cycling Ireland Women’s Commission

Best Irish Rider Jersey: Clare County Council

Stage Winner: Cycling Leinster

Stage Sponsors

Stage 1: Joe Wogan Memorial (Ian Wogan)

Stage 2: Failte Ireland

Stage 3: Clare Sports Partnership

Stage 4: Fixx Coffee House

Stage 5: Beast of the Burren

Stage 6: An Post

Best Irish Rider and Best Irish Team Trophies & Finishers’ Medals

Liam Dolan @Brightsport.ie

Other

Other Contributors Paul Atkinson, Vincent Cronin, Paul Deans

Bike frame & Wheels Fuji Bicycles and Oval Concepts

Joe Daly Cycles Joe Daly Cycles Team Kit

Combativity Award Hutchinson Tyres

Stage Medals Vincent Cronin

Mary Mulqueen’s Florist Flowers

Race Patrons

Sonia O’Sullivan

Louis Moriarty

Cars

Lead Cars Jason Cummins Car Centre – Toyota Ireland

Other Race Vehicles Swords CC – Pat Halpin, Usher IRC – Mick Usher

Buses & Vans An Post – Michael Burke; Eimear Breen; Eilis O’Broin; Olympic Council of Ireland – Martin Burke; NRPT Van – Philip Finnegan

Race officials

Chief Commissaire Phil O’Brien

Commissaire I Peter Flanagan

Commissaire II Derek Webb

Commissaire III John Breen

Time Keeper/Chief Judge Gary McIlroy

Sign-on/ Results & Comm Driver Alice Sherratt

Photo finish operator Frank Gibson

Commissaire II driver Ronan Fox

Commissaire I assistant Donnie Pouliot

Race Announcer & Radios Oliver McKenna

Safety Officer/Lead Car 1 Declan Quirke

Lead Car 2 Ger Madden

Lead Car 3 Louis Moriarty

Neutral Service Crew I Scott Kinsella, John Dillon

Neutral Service Crew II Dermot McMahon, Sean McIlroy

Chief Motorbike Marshal John Ryan;

Motor Bike Marshals: Chris Toner; Rosaleen O’Connor; Kevin Cooper; James McNally; Malcolm Goode, Brendan Boland, Gerry Murray; Graham McMahon; John McKenna; Donogh McCarthy

Broom Wagon Pat Halpin

Finish Manager John Colleran

Finish Assistant & DJ Keith Hoey

Stage Coaster The Stagecoaster Crew.

Barrier Providers Burren Cycling Club (Pat O’Donoghue; Anthony O’Hollaran)

Ballyvaghan Paddy Fahy / Pat O’Donoghue

An Garda Síochána

Superintendent Derek Smart; Superintendent Seamus Nolan

An Garda Síochána on the race

Sergeant Daragh Molloy; Sergeant Paul Slattery; Garda John Reidy

Marshal Crews& Local Support

Burren Cycling Club Pat O’Donoghue; Paddy Fahy and all at Burren Cycling Club

Dolmen Cycling Club John Colleran; Philip Colleran; and all at the Dolmen Cycling Club

Clare Crusaders Michael Chandler; Ollie Hayes and all at Clare Crusaders

Rothaíochta na Sionainna Stephen Teeling Lynch & club

Ennistymon Crew Matthew Griffin & Crew

Ennis Crews All the lads (boys & girls)

Engineers

Eamonn O’Dea – Ennis; Eugene O’Shea – Shannon & Cyrill Feeney & Tony Neville – North Clare; Hugh McGrath – East Clare

Clare County Council

GerDollard; Kathy Lordan; Eilish McMahon; Monica Meehan

Ennis Town Concil

Leonard Cleary; Theresa Talty & Catherine O’Hara – traffic department

Race Medical Support

Race Doctor Dr ConorMcGrane

Race Doc Driver Paul Deans

Ambulance Service Clare Civil Defence – Noel Carmody & Crew

Emergency Medical Technician David O’Neill

Towns & Locations

Ennis; Ballyalla; Barefield; Crusheen; Ballyvaghan;

Start Location Days 1 & 5

Inn at Dromoland

Start Location Day 2

Loophead Lighthouse

Signage

Display Signage Brian Walsh; Shay Donnelly – An Post

Chief Signage Manager & Crew Vincent Cronin; Scott Kinsella; Ger Madden; Keith Hoey; Dave Cormack

Sign Poles & Bases Tony Campbell – An Post Rás

Representatives / Podium Presenters

An PostDonal Connell; Barney Whelan; Aileen Mooney

National Dairy council Tony Horan; Zoe Kavanagh

Race Patron Sonia O’Sullivan

Major Cycling Fan Conrad McCullough

Cycling Ireland Denis Toomey

Cycling Leinster Margaret Donnelly and all at Cycling Leinster

Joe Wogan Memorial Ian Wogan

Clare County Council Mayor Cllr. John Crowe; Ger Dollard – Director of Services

IVCA Paul Deans, John Lawless, Paddy Fitzsimons, Ciarán Farrell & IVCA Executive

Failte Ireland Michael Fitzsimons; Marian Leydon

Fixx Coffee Ger Madden

Clare Cycling Ladies Patricia Blake

Clare Sports Partnership John Sweeney

Stage/Press Assistant Caroline Martinez

Entertainment – Quiz

Eddie Lynch

Press, Photography, Social Media

PRO Declan Quigley

Photographer Lorraine O’Sullivan

Social Media Fiona Cooke; Georgie Francis

Web Administrator Julia Phillips

An Post Social Media Communications Feargal Purcell; Joe Murray; Angus Laverty

Media

StickyBottle.com Conor Lally

Irishcyclingphotos Barry Sutton; Karen M Edwards; Tommy Campbell;

Local Media Clare Champion; Clare Herald; Clare People; Clare FM

National Media Irish Independent – Ger Cromwell, Ciarán Lennon; Irish Times – Shane Stokes; RTE.ie; Her.ie

Race Manual

Race Programme layout & design Zinc Design

Race Programme Print Manager Stephen Mangan – An Post

Race Commentary

Race Commentary Declan Quigley

Race Commentary stage 4 Fiona Cooke

TV

TV Director/Producer Declan Quigley

TV Camera Wojciech Musial; Dónal Glackin

Accommodation

Accommodation Officer Fiona Cooke

Hotels Inn at Dromoland; Rowan Tree Hostel;

Catering Hassett’s Bar, Barefield; Logues Hotel, Ballyvaghan.