Congratulations to Sam Bennett who won the 2009 Currow CC John Drumm Cup

Sam Bennett wins 2009 John Drumm.Congratulations to Sam Bennett who won the 2009 Currow CC John Drumm Cup

John Drumm weekend duties

With the Drumm cup weekend almost here we hope to have a great show of force from all club members on sat evening and sun morning to help with what needs to be done,the route needs to be gone over on sat evening and given a tidy up and all the signs and buntings need to be put up early sun morning… we’ll gratefully accept any help from locals and cycling supporters to help promote this great event and have the village looking its best on the day.

Club Members Novice Race – Drumm Cup

There has been a  club members novice race organised for sunday for the Drumm Cup,the race will be run at the same time as the U-16 race and on the same circuit..hope to see as many club members take part as possible and show off the Currow colours on sun…

John Drumm Cup – Club Responsibilities

Here are details of Last wednesday nights meeting and details of who is resposibile for what: Minutes of Meeing and John Drumm Cup Responsibilities.

Message for all new club members who joined in 2009;

The club is staging the main cycling event of the year which requires alot of organising, a fair amount of logistics and a committment of time and effort by the members to ensure the event is well run, enjoyable and most of all, safe for the participants and entrants. Please contact the Club Secretary, Eamonn on 087 283 7115, to confirm your intention to be available on the 21st from 11.00am to 5.00pm. We need as much assistance and support as possible. The club is only as strong as it’s membership.

Thank you,

Eamon Collier

John Drumm Cup … a history of the event

The 44th annual Drumm cup takes place in Currow on Sunday next at 2pm with a full programme of events for all racing cyclists. The feature event is over 100 km on the usual Currow-Dicksgrove-Scartaglin-Castleisland-Currow lap. This circuit to be covered 4 times, is a very tough one with a big hill into Scartaglin and always proves a tough race with the form of this event usually translating into medals at the All Ireland championship which are held on the following Sunday. Last years winner was Sam Bennett of the Dan Morrisey Carrick-on-Suir club who was a winner of a stage during the recent FBD Ras Tailteann. He is on the verge of moving to the continent to race full time with the Dutch team Rabobank said to be interested in signing him to their Protour team. On a local level previous Kerry winners of this high profile event included the first winner Gene Mangan as well as John Mangan, Anthony O’ Halloran, Jack Lacey, Denis Mangan and Paul Griffin.

The race commemorates the great John Drumm who had his life tragically ended with an agricultural accident in 1965. He was one of the country’s top cyclists at this time and competed in the Ras Tailteann months before his death. He was fifth in this event at the young age of 21 behind Se O Hanlon which would have made him a likely future winner of the event but for his untimely death. In this event he the first Munster finisher and this saw him claim a special medal which is embedded into the front of the very impressive Drumm cup. He also won numerous All Ireland medals in road and track events. He was also a champion ploughman and kept himself fit in the winter months by running cross country races. A very popular local ballad commemorates his life which is rare for a sportsman.

So all roads lead to Currow on Sunday which will see the cream of Irelands cyclists compete to win this prestigious race. Underage racing is at 12 noon with the main event at 2pm with the sign on open from 11am. The total prize money for the day is in excess of 1500 euro with cups and trophies for the underage section. (thanks to Eamon and John Breen for this great article)

Castleisland Charity Triathlon

A belated congratulations to our own Shane O’Neill who was the first local participant home in the triathlon last month!!

John Drumm Cup

Currow Cycling Club Press Release….

“44TH Anniversary of the Johnny Drum Cup”

Currow Cycling Club will once again host the Annual Johnny Drumm Memorial Cup on Sunday 21th June 2009. This race commemorates one of Kerry’s greatest cyclists, the late Johnny Drumm from Castleisland, who died tragically at a very young age.

The day’s event starts with contestants registering from 11.30 a.m. and the first road race commences at noon. A challenging and demanding route takes the racers out of Currow Village with an easy climb to Dicksgrove before turning left towards Scartaglen. Riders have a chance to make time on the gentle pull towards Buckley’s Shop before turning left into a moderate climb before entering Scartaglen Village. Riders will descend towards Castleisland on the R577 and turn left at Brown’s Hardware Store, before leaving the town heading back towards Currow Village. A further climb at Lisheenbaun greets the racers, which is followed by the fastest part of the circuit, a downhill sprint over the start/finish line.

The event is expected to attract top class road racers from all over the country and if last year’s event was any, to go by; each race will be keenly contested. The following Timetable will operate;

  • 12.00p.m. Under 16’s (Two Circuits)
  • 12.20p.m. Under 12’s (Modified course)
  • 12.30p.m. Under 14,s (One Circuit)
  • 2.00p.m Senior Race (Four Circuits)
  • 2.10p.m. Veterans (Three Circuits)

Currow Cycling Club members, with the assistance of members from Killorglin Cycling Club, will marshal the course and vehicular traffic is requested to cooperate with the directions of the Stewards and other road-side signs. Dog owners along the route are requested to keep all animals under proper control as loose dogs pose a serious risk to the safety of the competitors. Currow Cycling Club would like to acknowledge the co-operation and support of Kerry County Council Roads Department and Án Garda Síochána with organising this important cycling event in the county.