Sligo Today Editorial

Guest editorial from Damien Peelo

I am grateful for the opportunity to appeal to readers of Sligo Today to ask for their support for COPD Support Ireland's forthcoming "Get Breathless for COPD" Cycle Challenge.

The two-day cycle from Galway to Dublin, which is supported by A. Menarini, takes place on June 23 and 24 over two stages of approximately 100km each. It is led by world-renowned cycling champion, Seán Kelly.

The challenge has two main aims - to raise awareness of COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - and to help raise much-needed funds for COPD Support Ireland's range of services including our expanding network of local support groups countrywide and exercise rehabilitation classes for people with COPD.

Perhaps better known as bronchitis or emphysema, COPD is estimated to affect up to 380,000 people in Ireland, but with many remaining undiagnosed and untreated. Symptoms of COPD include persistent cough with phlegm, chest infections and breathlessness. Early diagnosis is important in ensuring a better quality of life and that people maintain their health for longer.

Whether an occasional or a seasoned cyclist, this cycle is suitable for cyclists of all levels, and participants can take part on one or both days. Of course, the challenge also offers the opportunity to explore our fantastic countryside, to get a bit of exercise and, of course, to get some cycling tips from the Master. 

The cycle is supported by a crew of guides and support vehicles with professional mechanics and first aid medics on hand.

If you'd like to join me and get on your bike for COPD Support Ireland, you can find out more information and register at

Early registration is encouraged to avoid disappointment!

Damien Peelo
Executive Director
COPD Support Ireland

Posted on 01/06/17 : 14:04:38