Bernie’s ‘Decade of Triathlons’ to raise funds for Mayo Roscommon Hospice

Roscommon woman Bernie Dolan is currently fundraising for the Mayo Roscommon Hospice by taking on two mammoth challenges this month.

The first of these is the Two Provinces Triathlon, organised by Lanesboro Triathlon Club, which takes place this Saturday, July 6th, consisting of a 750m swim, a 20km cycle and a 5km run. Up to 600 competitors will be taking part from all over the country.

Bernie’s second challenge is to cycle the 120km-long Ring of Clare on July 20th.

The fundraiser – titled ‘Bernie’s Decade of Triathlons’ – is not only raising money for a very worthy cause, but also celebrating Bernie’s ten years of competing in triathlons.

In 2014 Bernie bought a wetsuit for herself to fulfil a desire to start open water swimming which in turn led her to join the Lanesboro Triathlon Club. To date, she has completed 30 triathlons.

Three years ago, in 2021, Bernie and her three children took part in Ireland’s Fittest Family on RTÉ, where they reached the final.

Speaking about the fundraiser, Bernie said: “I never thought that in 2014 going for that first swim would have led me to achieve all that I have in the past ten years.

“To celebrate this and to give thanks for my good health that allows me to take on all these events, I am raising funds for Mayo Roscommon Hospice, which provides compassionate respite care and end of life care for individuals – and support for their families –  during challenging times”.

You can donate to Bernie’s very worthy fundraiser by visiting her iDonate page – www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/BernieDolan or by scanning the QR code. All funds raised will go directly to the Mayo Roscommon Hospice foundation.