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Pedalling for peace in our time

Co-Operation Ireland’s prominent supporters range from the Queen to Bill Clinton. As Arlene Foster joins the charity as a director, Mark Bain looks back at four decades of working for reconciliation

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Freewheeling: Cyclists in the Co-Operation North Maracycle 86 leave Elmwood Avenue, Belfast on the second leg of the event on the 103-mile course to Dublin

Freewheeling: Cyclists in the Co-Operation North Maracycle 86 leave Elmwood Avenue, Belfast on the second leg of the event on the 103-mile course to Dublin

Terry O’Neill who helped organise the Belfast to Dublin cycle. Credit: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye

Terry O’Neill who helped organise the Belfast to Dublin cycle. Credit: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye

The first Co-Operation North Maracycle was held in 1984

The first Co-Operation North Maracycle was held in 1984

Football legends Pat Jennings and Liam Brady regularly join forces to support Co-Operation Ireland

Football legends Pat Jennings and Liam Brady regularly join forces to support Co-Operation Ireland

Founding member Dr Brendan O’Regan

Founding member Dr Brendan O’Regan

New director Arlene Foster. Credit: Liam McBurney

New director Arlene Foster. Credit: Liam McBurney

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Freewheeling: Cyclists in the Co-Operation North Maracycle 86 leave Elmwood Avenue, Belfast on the second leg of the event on the 103-mile course to Dublin

It may have been formed in 1979 but it really started in 1984 with a bike ride.

And 42 years later the wheels continue to turn, driving relationships between north and south to a better destination.


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