Michael Dowling has been appointed as Chair of the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle, where he will lead the organising committee ahead of the 2018 charity event on July 7th and put structures in place to ensure a strong future for the event.
Celebrating 35 years, the volunteer-led event has grown from small beginnings to now attracting up to 10,000 cyclists from all over Ireland and abroad each year.
Dowling only stepped down recently as Chairman of the Board of Kerry Group and brings unparalleled experience and connections to the new Chair role.
He had previously spent three decades in the Department of Agriculture, holding the position of secretary general from 1989-1997. He was conferred with an honorary Doctor of Science from UCC last year for his work developing Ireland’s agri-food industry.
He was also Head of Agri Strategy with Allied Irish Banks and has previously held non-Executive Director roles with Bord Bia and Irish Distillers Group.
“I look forward to working with fellow director and Chair of the Operating Committee Tony Daly, to continue building on the success of the last 35 years of the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle and raising much needed funds for the charities involved each year,” said Dowling.
As a volunteer-led event, it is extraordinary to see how the funds raised to date have contributed towards new hospital extensions, special needs facilities, care for the elderly, suicide prevention, sea and mountain rescue, cancer, kidney and end of life support and more.”
The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle is celebrating 35 years’ as Irelands largest one-day charity fundraising event. Taking place on Saturday the 7th July this year, the event is expected to see thousands of recreational cyclists take part. To register as a cyclist or enquire about becoming a volunteer, visit the website www.ringofkerrycycle.ie.