His interests in life were his family,GAA especially limerick hurling,shooting horse racing,he loved his point to points, he was a regular concert goer having travelled to see the Rolling Stones on three occasions and went to Punchestown in 2009 to see AC/DC perform…
David was most content when he was walking in the local fields with his 4 gun dogs or drinking a pint with his many friends.
In 2010 when Dave was fighting his battle with cancer two of his brothers Brian and Maurice decided to cycle the ring of Kerry to raise money for cancer.
Watching Dave fight his battle inspired both of them to become healthier and use their energy in a more positive fashion and never to take it for granted.
Both completed the Ring of Kerry in July that year raising €7500 for cancer in the process and the first person to congratulate them was Dave.
He vowed he would be cycling with them the following year and by then had already started his training.
In September of that year while out for pint with his friends and work colleagues Francie O’Shea, Pat Cullen and Conor Howard, Dave informed the boys of his plans to cycle the ring of Kerry and challenged them to cycle it with him to which they thought to be very amusing at the time!
David sadly lost his battle with cancer on the 15th of December of that year.
On day of his burial Pat, Conor and Francie vowed to cycle the ring of Kerry in his memory.Hence Team Dave Riordan was founded.
They joined both Maurice and Brian in February 20111 when the training began and then it really took off with 41 people completing the Ring of Kerry in July of that year in memory of David.
Team Dave Riordan consisted of David’s brothers ,friends and work colleagues .Team Dave Riordan Cycling Club as we have become known raised €30,000 approx for Recovery Haven the post cancer therapy centre in Tralee that year.
The team has quickly established itself as a group of leisurely cyclist who enjoy a good social side also with the ability to make a difference by organising and participating in my charity events.
To date the team has been involved in raising over €130,000 for different charities and this is something the team is very proud off and hope they will continue to do in the years ahead.
With this in mind the Dave Riordan Cycle Club was established and affiliated with cycling Ireland in February of this year. We currently have 32 members in the club and we are based out of the Colmanswell Community house where we meet Wednesday evenings for a training spin at 7pm and on Sunday mornings at 9am outside the Ballyagran GAA grounds.
The chairman of the club is Maurice Riordan,Secretary is Pat Cullen Treasurer is Conor Howard, Child Protection Officer is Brian Riordan and finally the President is Francie O’Shea .
The aim of the club is to promote the enjoyment of leisurely cycling while enjoying the countryside we cycle in. We also aim to put the many miles we cycle to good use by participating and collecting for as many local charities as possible wherever and whenever possible . Most importantly we aim to enjoy ourselves and have good fun along the way….
In conclusion the passing of Dave Riordan at the young age of 47 was a devastating blow to his family friends and work colleagues. Before he died he inspired us to get off our backsides and use the good energy we have to positive effect.
As a result of this the Team Dave Riordan club has evolved to what it is today.The family friends and work colleagues of Dave who may not have known each other well when he died, have now become team-mates and good friends and together will always make David’s name live on.
While he is gone he will never be forgotten.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.