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Cyclists gear up for London to Achill charity cycle

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REMEMBERING SHANE The late Shane Corrigan (left) with his parents Peggy and Kevin and younger sister Megan. Shane died in 2018 following an epilepic seizure in his home in London. The family are organising a charity cycle in Shane’s memory from London to Achill to raise money for Epilepsy Ireland and UK-based charity SUDEP Action.

Event being held in memory of Shane Corrigan will raise fund for Epilepsy Ireland

Anton McNulty

NINETEEN cyclists will set off from London this Saturday destined for Achill Island in memory of Shane Corrigan who died suddenly from epilepsy aged just 23.
Born in Mayo and raised in London to Achill parents, Shane was diagnosed with epilepsy while in university aged 20 and passed away in January 2018 as a result of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP).
Since his death his parents Kevin and Peggy and younger sister Megan have campaigned to raise awareness of SUDEP and to end the stigma which still remains of being diagnosed with epilepsy.
As part of their campaign, they have organised a mammoth cycle from London to Achill Island with money raised going towards Epilepsy Ireland and the UK-based charity, SUPEP Action.
Peggy will be among the 19 cyclists taking part and speaking ahead of their departure from London, she told The Mayo News that she hopes the cycle will raise awareness of epilepsy.
“Our aim is to raise awareness of SUDEP because we did not know it existed until the night Shane died. In the UK everyday a minimum of three people die from SUDEP  it is in the top ten killers of young people in the UK and nobody is talking about it.”
In Ireland an estimated 40,000 people are diagnosed with epilepsy and there is minimal research into the condition. An app called EpSMon which helps people monitor their epilepsy has been developed in the UK but is not available in Ireland.
Peggy says she hopes to raise £150,000 from the cycle and help pay for the development of the app in Ireland and that will be Shane’s legacy.
“It is to improve the quality of life with people with epilepsy and reduce their risk of SUDEP. That is what we want to do. If we prevent one family from going through what we are going through it will be worth it,” she said.
The group leave Harewood Downs Golf Club, Buckinghamshire on Saturday, August 20 and will cycle to Liverpool arriving on Tuesday, August 23 where they will have a fundraising function in Shenanagan’s Irish Bar in the city.
The following morning they fly into Dublin Airport where they will begin the journey west to Achill. They arrive in Westport on the afternoon of Friday, August 26 where a reception will take place in the Town Hall.
On Saturday morning they begin the final leg of the cycle finishing at Ted’s Bar on Achill Island and that evening there will be a fundraising dinner dance in Óstán Oileán Acla.
The Mayo cyclists who will take part in the cycle are Paul Fitzgerald, Aiden McGinty, Siobhan Kilbane, Steve Kilbane, Mark Lynchehaun, Megan Corrigan, Seán Heraty and Kenneth Duffy.
“Many of the cyclists with us have never been to Ireland or Achill before so it would be lovely for them to see the people of Achill to come out and support us,” said Peggy.

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A GoFundMe page ‘Cycle for Shane-London-to-Achill’ is available to make a donation for SUDEP Action and Epilepsy Ireland in memory of Shane. To buy tickets for the Dinner Dance in Óstán Oileán Acla on Saturday, August 27 or if you wish to support the cycle in any way email cycleforshane2022@gmail.com for details. More information on Instagram ‘Cycle for Shane’.