Murphy Surveys support Irish Youth Foundation at Bloomsday Messenger Bike Rally & Lunch
We were proud to take part in the Irish Youth Foundation’s Bloomsday Messenger Bike Rally and Lunch on 8th June. Now in its 25th year, the event is one of the highlights of the Irish Youth Foundation’s fundraising calendar.
The Irish Youth Foundation (IYF) was founded in 1985 as an independent charitable trust dedicated exclusively to meeting the needs of vulnerable children and young people living in disadvantaged circumstances.
Starting at Stephen’s Green, over 200 participants including our Directors Raymond and Diarmuid Murphy cycled around Dublin city on vintage bikes in Bloomsday attire of Joycean straw boaters hats and aprons. The cycle is just one of the events for the annual Bloomsday Festival, which is a six-day celebration of James Joyce’s novel Ulysses.
The Lord Mayor kicked things off with a rendition of ‘Molly Malone’ on the steps of the Mansion House and the bicycles rang in unison as the Edwardian dressed participants toured city, making various pit-stops along the way.
Raymond comments, “We have been involved in this event for a couple of years now, it is a great day out and for a worthy cause. Some of us are avid cyclists at Murphy Surveys, but a day like this is a little different from our usual cycles! It is such a well-run event, and great fun for everyone taking part.”
The cycle ride culminated in a charity lunch with over 300 guests who welcomed the rally to the ballroom at The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin for a fun-filled lunch and charity auction, with all proceeds going to the Irish Youth Foundation projects. The bike rally has raised over € 800,000 for community and voluntary groups since it began 22 years ago, with this year’s funds going to The Musical Youth Foundation and St. Agnes Chamber Orchestra in Crumlin.
Watch the event’s highlights video here.