This coming Friday, the Irish Youth Foundation, in association with Cyclone Couriers, will be hosting the annual charity Bloomsday Messenger Bike Rally and Lunch, which celebrates James Joyce’s Ulysses and Dublin.
On 11 June, over 70 messenger bikers will gather at the Wolfe Tone statue on St Stephen’s Green before making their way to the Mansion House, where they will be joined in a rousing rendition of Molly Malone by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Emer Costello.
The cyclists, who will be dressed in their finest Edwardian attire, will then embark on a journey through the streets of Dublin, making three pit-stops along the way for well-deserved refreshments.
Over 200 colourful guests are then expected to welcome the rally at the historic Shelbourne Hotel, where a fun-filled lunch and a charity auction will follow.
Senator David Norris will round off the celebrations by reading an extract from James Joyce’s Ulysses.
For your chance to cycle with a friend in this year’s Bloomsday Bike Rally, simply text BLOOMSDAY followed by your name to 57802. This prize also includes entry to the Bloomsday Lunch and an overnight stay for two in the 5-Star Shelbourne Hotel. Texts cost €2, and all proceeds go to the IYF.
The Bloomsday Messenger Bike Rally and Lunch has, over the past 17 years, raised more than €600,000 for community and voluntary groups throughout the country, who work to create positive differences in the lives of children and young people facing adversity.
When: Friday, 11 June 2010
Location: Wolfe Tone Statue, St Stephen’s Green
Pictured: Senator David Norris, Nadia Forde (model) and Marisa Mackle (fiction writer) launch next Friday’s Irish Youth Foundation Bloomsday Bike rally