Brennans backs bike rally to help young people

The 26th annual Bloomsday messenger bike rally and lunch in support of the Irish Youth Foundation (IYF) will see hundreds of people take to bikes of all shapes and sizes soon to celebrate Bloomsday and James Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses. The annual bike rally, sponsored by Brennans Bread, raised €50,000 last year and €1.1 million in all to date.

All the proceeds go to IYF-supported projects around the country working to create positive differences in the lives of children and young people facing adversity. RTE’s Miriam O’Callaghan joined bike rally marshall Graham Wilkinson and James Joyce impersonator John Shevlin in launching the popular annual event at St Stephen’s Green.

Much-needed funds will be directed to the IYF-supported Clay Youth Project in Crumlin and its employability programme, which supports unemployed and under-educated and under-trained young people. Around 150 cyclists, some dressed in their finest Edwardian attire, will set off to tour the city stopping en route for food and drink.

Over 300 guests will welcome the rally back to The Round Room at the Mansion House for a lunch and charity auction, with all proceeds going to the IYF projects. Anyone interested in taking part in the Bloomsday bike rally should call Sarah on 087 7622946  or email her at or they can visit the IYF website at

A table of ten at the Bloomsday lunch plus one cyclist in the rally costs €1,300. Entry for one person to the Bloomsday Bike rally and lunch is €250 and the buddy offer allows one person and a friend the chance to take part in the Bloomsday bike rally and lunch for €400. The IYF was founded in 1985 as a charitable trust to help vulnerable children.

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