Estuary Challenge

Supporting the Shannon Gaels Community Development Group



 UPDATE - Great progress on the Estuary Challenge route! 

We are delighted to have met with John O'Malley and Liam Browne of Clare County Council in relation to the road surface for Estuary Challenge 2018. They have confirmed that the following sections will be resurfaced by December 2017: uphill to Killimer Church, Moneypoint stretch, Carrigaholt village and Cree village with funding already in place for these areas. The priority area of Neylon's Shop to Morrissey's shop in Kilmurry McMahon is scheduled to be resurfaced, subject to funding approval, in the Spring of 2018. This section of road will account for a quarter of the Council's overall budget for the region. The Council confirmed that the reason this section is being prioritised is due to the continued local pressure from residents and groups. We will be requesting an individual meeting with local TDs to discuss the funding situation to see if further funding can be sourced to extend the proposed resurfacing in this area. We will keep you updated as things progress. 

Estuary Challenge 2017 took place on Saturday 10th June, and after a week of rain, many thought it would be a washout! To our luck, the sun shone from early morning, and we were delighted to see that it hadn’t deterred too many cyclists. 142 took part, with 45 completing the 55km, and 97 taking part in the 105km, which incorporated the cliff road and its amazing scenery from Carrigaholt to Kilkee. Great feedback was provided from the cyclists on their return, with many commenting on the excellent organisation in relation to signage and stewarding, and the ample food provided before, during and after the Cycle! This was largely down to the great community spirit involved in this event. This year over 120 locals volunteered their time baking, stewarding, driving and assisting in Labasheeda Hall. We had our highest number of stewards, with 85 taking up positions all across the route to ensure the cyclists had a safer cycle. The Organising Committee would like to thank each and every volunteer and also, all those who gave goods, services or sponsorship towards the Estuary Challenge 2017 - Dublin Coach, Molex, Eoin Gavin Transport, Shannon Ferries Ltd., Tesco (Kilrush), Centra (Kildysart), SuperValu (Kilrush), The Pantry (Kilkee), Noel Ryan's Butchers, Jimmy Guinnane Brennan's Bread, Michael King Haulage, Eamon Keane Accountants, Michael King Frozen Foods, Roca Sports, Manor West Hotel (Tralee), Clive Kelly Safety, Clare Spring, Morrissey's (Carrigaholt), Tubridy's (Cooraclare), DJ Fitz (Kilmihil), Kilmurry McMahon ICA, Labasheeda ICA, Labasheeda Community Centre, the Red Cross and An Garda Síochana. Your support was greatly appreciated.

To all cyclists who participated, we THANK YOU! Our event was down 25% in numbers largely due to the road surface in Kilmurry McMahon. We take your feedback seriously and we are very aware that despite loving the event, you are not willing to participate next year unless something has been done. We don’t want our numbers to decline even further particularly given the work that we put into making it the best experience possible for you. We requested last year, but this year, we will CAMPAIGN and LOBBY to get the road from Shaughnessy’s Cross to Morrissey’s Shop resurfaced. We look forward to welcoming you back and welcoming all new cyclists to the Estuary Challenge 2018, which will take place on Saturday 9th June @ 10am starting in Labsheeda village

The Cycle generated €5,577.11 (registration, sponsorship, cycling tops, Tesco Community Fund), costing €1,700.59 to run, with the Shannon Gaels Community Development Group making an overall profit of €3,876.52. All funds raised are going towards the development of the facilities at the Shannon Gaels GAA Club. 

The Route

The Estuary Challenge, which will take place for the seventh time on Saturday 9th June 2018, has a choice of two cycles. The longer route is a 105km cycle in West Clare which brings riders from Labasheeda westwards to Carrigaholt before returning to Labasheeda along the Shannon Estuary, passing through Knock, Killimer, Cappa, Kilrush, Carrigaholt, Kilkee, Doonbeg, Cree, and Kilmurry McMahon. There is also a more leisurely 55km cycle for the less adventurous. This route also starts and finishes in Labasheeda, while passing through Knock, Killimer, Cappa, Kilrush, Cooraclare and Kilmurry McMahon. All the cycle routes can be viewed on the Cycle Routes page where there are links to


Online registration is now closed. Online registration will open in early 2018.

The Cycle Routes

There will be a food stop approximately half way through the route of the Estuary 105 cycle at Carrigaholt (47km). Cyclists will be provided with fruit, sandwiches and confectionary at this stop. There will also be water stations at Cappa (23 km) and Cree (80km).

On the Estuary 55, there will be a food stop at Cooraclare (30km) and a water station at Cappa (23km). There will also be refreshments at the end of the cycles at Labasheeda Community Centre.


There will be shower and changing facilities provided at Shannon Gaels clubhouse which is approximately 2km from the start/finish point.

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