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Tallaght consultant cycling length and breadth of Ireland to raise funds for centre at hospital


Professor Vincent Maher, Consultant Cardiologist at Tallaght Hospital is cycling the length and breadth of Ireland to raise awareness about cholesterol and to raise funds for the development of an Advanced Lipid Management and Research (ALMAR) Centre at Tallaght Hospital.

There are two purposes to the “Cholesterol Happens – Know Your Number” event

Raise awareness about Cholesterol and why people need to know their cholesterol ‘numbers’

Raise funds to develop an initial ALMAR centre at Tallaght hospital

Professor Maher and colleagues plan to cycle the length and breadth of Ireland and it’s hoped this inaugural event will evolve into an annual awareness campaign for cholesterol, its risk factors and treatment.

Speaking ahead of the event, Professor Maher said

“We plan to develop the first advanced lipid [cholesterol] management and research [ALMAR] Centre in Ireland – to be based at Tallaght hospital.

“This unit will be equipped to perform specialised assessments and provide state-of-the-art treatments; it will also act as an educational centre and link with the community.

“We are developing a prototype in Tallaght and saying, ‘this is what can be achieved; this is what it costs’.

“Access to specialised therapies requires dedicated centres and hence our efforts to build the first one in Ireland.”

  • The first cycle begins tomorrow June 30th 2017 in Malin Head, Co. Donegal and finishes on July 4th 2017 in Mizen Head, Co. Cork.
  • The second cycle will begin on July 7th 2017 in Dooagh Achill Island, Co. Mayo and will finish in Dillon Park, Dalkey, Co. Dublin on July 9th

In addition to fundraising, the equally important focus of this event is to offer free cholesterol testing and cholesterol education to the public at different stops along the way. You can see a full copy of the cycle itinerary here.

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