The County Museum, Dundalk is playing it’s part in Dundalk’s Giro d’Italia celebrations with a special exhibition focusing on Louth’s proud cycling history. From Hero 2 Giro will have it’s official opening on Thursday night , May 8th and will open to the public the following day to coincide with the Giro Big Start in Belfast that day.
The exhibition will feature memorabilia of both local, national and international importance, all of which emphasis the huge importance of cycling to the region. County Museum Curator, Brian Walsh said of the exhibition, Dundalk and Louth today plays a major role in the sport of cycling. But this is nothing new. For almost a century, this region has had a central role in the sport.
Cycling routes around the county are regarded as the best in the country and indeed, have played host to numerous international events, featuring the world’s elite cyclists of the time. Names known around the world have made regular appearances in events around this county including Stephen Roche, Sean Kelly, and even Lance Armstrong.
Moving forward Nicholas Roche won his first competitive race at the age of 14 years in Dundalk. He added “Local cyclists have made a huge impression in cycling from the local to the global stage“. The love of cycling has been passed down through generations and it is not uncommon to see the same surnames popping up again and again.
The County Museum wanted to be involved in the historic event that the Giro d’Italia will be to Dundalk. Thanks to the help and wealth of knowledge that Cuchulainn Cycling Club could give us, we have put together a fantastic exhibition, featuring images, trophies, bicycles, jerseys and other cycling memorabilia.
See attachment for poster.
- Hero to Giro.pdf (pdf/11 MB)