Kildare Nationalist – Crookstown gas station hosts bike cafe launch

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Declan Keogh Road Safety Officer, Sonya Kavanagh, Kildare Council, Cllr Brian Dooley Cllr Naoise Ó Cearúil, Kildare Council Chairman, Minister of State Martin Heydon, Gda Seán O Mahony and Senator Mark Wall

Seamus O’Reilly, John Cahill and John Fitzsimons

THE official launch of the Kildare City Council’s Cycle Cafè initiative for the 12 selected sites was organized by the Crookstown gas station on Saturday 18th September. While following Covid guidelines, it was heartwarming to see a well-attended outdoor activity under a blazing autumn sun.
The Cathaoirleach of Kildare Co Council Cllr. Naoise Ó Cearúil officially declared open the innovative program, led and implemented by the head of road safety Declan Keogh.
Also attending were Kidare Co Board Acting Managing Director Sonya Kavanagh, Minister of State and local TD Martin Hendon, Senator Mark Wall, Cllr. Ivan Keatley, Cllr. Mark Leigh and Cllr. Brian Dooley and Kildare County Council officials.
KFM radio broadcast a mix of music and interviews with owners of other cycling cafes and local business owners, while offering a range of different one-off prizes added to the festival as an occasion.
The café-cycle concept, offering regular pit stops for breaks, coffee, hot food, snacks, toilets and shelter allows and encourages cyclists of all levels, young and old, to have a go!
In addition to the deli, bakery, barista, and break rooms and seating provided here in Crookstown, an array of small business owners ranging from Crowe’s Artisan Butchers to Hardware Heaven, Avril’s Flowers, CUC Medical, Jack and Jill Charity Boutique, Avril’s Flowers and much more create a village atmosphere, catering for all needs.
The historic bicycle exhibits from a bygone era were greatly admired by many cyclists and locals who came to greet us.

Community Gardaí, Seán O Mahony and Garda John Brien demonstrated the importance of high visibility safety clothing when promoting walking and cycling.
The custom-made “bike” cupcakes for the day by the talented bakers at Crookstown Service Station bakery were instantly purchased.
Many thanks to Declan Keogh and all assistants, the Order of Malta, participants and visitors of the day.

The 12 designated Cycle Cafés in the county are located at Cuan Mhuire Garden Center, The Emigrant Bar and The Auld Shebeen in Athy, Seán Fogartys Cycle Café shop in Ballyore Eustace, The Faraway Tree in Donadea, The Three Counties in Maganey, The Old Hardware in Narraghmore, Behan gas station in Castledermot, Crookstown gas station, The Elms in Punchestown, Lock 13 / Flanagan’s in Sallins and O’Reilly’s Supervalu in Clane.

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