Very interesting Irish team named for Kerry Group Rás Mumhan

Posted on: April 9th, 2019
A five-man team is named for Kerry Group Rás Mumhan and it’s an interesting mix of last year’s junior internationals and elite riders from the home scene making their debuts. Above left to right: Sean Moore, Conor Kissane and Ben Healy.

Cycling Ireland has named a really interesting Irish team for Kerry Group Rás Mumhan, with three domestic riders rightly getting the international call up.

Conor Kissane, Sean Moore and Matthew Sparrow have also impressed so far this season and in recent years.

And now all three will don the green of Ireland for the four-stage hammerfest in Kerry over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend.

The team is completed by Adam Ward and Ben Healy; arguably the strongest Irish juniors last year.

Healy has already ridden for Ireland this year, taking an excellent 11th place at Gent Wevelgem. The 18-year-old will go into Rás Mumhan as a potential winner.

He was junior TT champion last year and has since secured a place at Team Wiggins; a fantastic opportunity for him.

Ward is a seasoned international in the junior ranks and while this is his first time representing at elite level, he is not new to the international fold.

The Irish junior road race champion last year, he has moved from Powerhouse Sport to BioRacer-DHL-FR Services this season.

And now he is coming good at just the right time; a strong victory at East Tyrone GP at the weekend his first victory of the year.

While the call up for Irish team duty represents seamless progression for Ward and Healy, it’s a first-time experience for the others on the team.

Sean Moore has developed into one of the best riders in the country over the past 18 months or so; fine performances late last year already carried over into the new season.

He won the Mick Lally Memorial early last month and was 3rd in the Bobby Power Memorial in Carrick two weeks later.

Though he is still chasing a second win, he’s been in the results and animating races in recent weeks and more victories look inevitable.

Team can score Rás Mumhan wins

Like Moore, Conor Kissane has also been a lesson in continuous progress in recent seasons and now he gets his international call-up.

He rode very well at Rás Mumhan last year with an attacking ride that looked especially impressive on the climbs.

A victory in the Lacey Cup this year saw him transfer his climbing prowess into a big win on a road man’s course. Impressive riding has followed in the weeks since for the Killarney CC man.

Sparrow has been bubbling under of late; always there when the going is tough and overdue a big win.

That victory will come in time for the Dan Morrissey-MIG-Pactimo man who was runner-up to Kissane in the Lacey Cup and has a string of strong placings to his name.

Together the five-man team can mount a strong challenge. And they are definitely capable of winning stages and perhaps taking outright victory.