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OTHER CYCLING : Sundry Items Last Updated: 26 Jun 2019 - 9:06:40 PM

FUNERAL OF MICK LAWLESS TAKES PLACE TODAY
By Peter Purfield
21 Jun 2019,

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Irish Cycling lost one of its greatest stalwarts this week with the passing of Mick Lawless. Mick had been unwell for a number of years and was later diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

Mick with Alice Sherratt during the TQ Women's 2 Day in 2005

For many decades, Mick had been involved with many aspects of cycling, he was a long-standing member of the Irish Road Club, of which he raced as a junior and senior. He later went on to help in his club with coaching the junior riders. He also was instrumental in the getting ladies cycle racing up and running in Ireland.

Mick with the Usher Irish Road Club team in the 2004 Junior Tour

He was a very likeable person and for anyone who had the pleasure of working with him he was inspirational when I thought about Mick's and the legacy he leaves I think of the President Obama election slogan 'Yes We Can'. Mick got projects off the ground that others could only think about.

A familar figure during the cycling racing scene.

Women's cycling in Ireland is a glowing success today, a lot of that is thanks to Mick's involvement over twenty years ago when there were only a handful of female cyclists in the country. He worked in the FAS Tallaght Training Centre as Head Chef and he had the vision that the training authority could run a course for cyclists in the late eighties. Not being a person to be put off, he succeeded in getting FAS onside and a cycling course started in 1989.

Mick in his role as Broom Wagon during the Ras Tailteann

Mick was involved in so many areas of the sport, but for racing cyclists, he probably will be best remembered for driving the broom wagon in many stage races including the Rás Tailteann.

However, one of Mick's most notable achievements was the creation of the Corkagh Park cycle track just off the Naas Road in Clondalkin. A purpose built, fenced off cycle racing circuit within the park. Ideal for safe racing and coaching events.

In 2000 Mick became President of the Federation of Irish Cycling (now Cycling Ireland)

In more recent years he was one of the founder members of the South Dublin Cycling Club, which has had many achievements.

Mick was one great guy and he will be greatly missed, my condolences to all his family.

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Death Notice

The death has occurred of Michael (Mick) Lawless
Kilnamanagh, Dublin

Lawless, Michael (Mick) June 18th 2019, peacefully, at The Ryevale Nursing Home, Leixlip; beloved husband of Josie, loving dad of Michelle and James and loving grandad of Lennon, Luke, Leighton, Alex, Adam and Lincoln. Deeply regretted by his loving family, brother Billy, son-in-law John-Paul, James' partner Rebecca, extended family and friends.

Mick's Funeral Mass is today (Friday) in St. Kevin's Church, Kilnamanagh and burial afterwards in Newlands Cross Cemetery.



May He Rest In Peace

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