Video: Meet the Irish international cyclist now up for election

Posted on: May 10th, 2019
Peter Ryan is a busy man and looking to get busier; he’s running for the local elections in Thurles and if you live there he wants your vote.

Paracyclist Peter Ryan is running for Fine Gael in the upcoming local elections in his native Tipperary.

A veteran of the international cycling scene and current member of the national squad working towards Tokyo 2020, Ryan said he wants to give something back to his local community.

He said the people of Thurles had been of great encouragement and assistance to him when diagnosed with a rare condition resulting in sight loss.

And now he wanted to run for office and secure a council seat so he could make a difference and improve the area.

He is standing in the Thurles electoral area for a seat in the Templemore-Thurles Municipal District.

Ryan, a former Tipperary minor hurler, competed in the men’s B time-trial and the B tandem road race with Polish-born Marcin Mizgajski as pilot at the Rio Paralympics.

He was diagnosed with Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON)  almost 10 years ago. It is a rare genetic disorder resulting in substantial sight loss.

The Upperchurch-Drombane man played Dr Harty Cup hurling for three years for Thurles CBS.

And in 2008 he featured in the All-Ireland (Croke Cup) final against De La Salle, Waterford.

While, by his own admission, he went off the rails a little after his condition was diagnosed, he soon turned it around.

Now he rides for Ireland on the international paracycling scene and went to the 2016 Paralympics.

Ireland’s Peter Ryan and pilot Dermot Radford at the UCI Paracycling World Road Championships 2015 in Switzerland (Photo: Jean Baptiste Benavent-Sportsfile)