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1975 Paddy Flanagan Kildare Wins The Discover Ireland Ras Tailteann
By Eddie Dawson
May 10, 2007, 08:57

Discover Ireland Rás Tailteann

7th - 15th. June 1975


Stage 1: Dublin To Monaghan, 76.5 Miles.
Dublin, Ashbourne, Slane, Collen, Ardee, Carrickmacross, Castleblaney,  Clontibret, Monaghan.

Stage 2: Monaghan To Letterkenny, 81 Miles.
Monaghan, Enyvale, Aughnacloy, Omagh, Strabane, Lifford, Castlefin, Stranorlar, Letterkenny.

Stage 3: Letterkenny To Donegal, 85 Miles.
Letterkenny, Fintown, Glenties, Ardara, Glengesh Pass, Glencolmcille, Carrick, Killybegs, Dunkineely, Donegal.

Stage 4: Donegal To Castlebar, 94 Miles.
Donegal, Ballyshannon, Bundoran, Sligo, Ballysadare, Colloonely, Tubbercurry, Charlestown, Swinford, Bohola, B
ellavary, Castlebar.

Stage 5: Castlebar To Galway,50 Miles.
Castlebar, Ballinrobe, Kilmaine, Shrule, Headford, Galway.

Stage 5B: Criterium In Galway City 20 Miles.

Stage 6: Galway To Limerick 81 Miles.

Galway, Oranmore, Craughwell, Loughrea, Woodford, Clonco Bridge, Scarriff, Killaloe, O'Briensbridge, Limerick.

Stage 7: Limerick To Kilkenny 86 Miles.
Limerick, Annacorry, Newport, Milestone, Thurles, Cashel, Ballinure, Killenaule, Ballyline, Kilkenny.

Stage 8: Kilkenny  To Naas, 85.5 Miles.
Kilkenny, Leighlinbridge, Tullow, Hacketstown, Rathdangan, Aughavannagh, Drumgoff, Laragh, Wicklow-Gap, Hollywood, Ballymore Eustace, Two-Mile-House, Naas.

Stage 9A: Naas,  7 Mile T.T.

Stage 9B: Phoenix Park, 15 X 2 Mile Circuit.

Race Director:      Jim Kelly

Race Director Jim Kelly

Seamus Kennedy, National Cycling Association

A. Mahdi Algeria Waits For The Start Of Stage 4 In Donegal Town

Stage Winners:

Stage 1:   Dublin To Monaghan, 76 Miles.    S.Kennedy (N.C.A.)  2-55-30

Stage 2:   Monagahan To Letterkenny, 81 Miles.  W. Thomann (Germany)  3-11-30

Stage 3:   Letterkenny To Donegal, 85 Miles.  N. Clarke (N.C.A.)  4-40-00

Stage 4:   Donegal To Castlebar, 95 Miles.  S. O'Hanlon (N.C.A.)  3-59-30

Stage 5A: Castlebar To Galway, 50 Miles.   N. Clarke (N.C.A.)  2-00-10

Stage 5B: Galway Criterium, 20 Miles.   M. Nulty (N.C.A.)   45.00

Stage 6:   Galway To Limerick, 81 Miles.  J. Cashin (Tipperary)  3-14-55

Stage 7:   Limerick To Kilkenny, 86 Miles.   M. Hamza (Algeria)  3-40-15

Stage 8:   Kilkenny To Naas, 86 Miles.  S. O'Hanlon  (N.C.A.)  4-11-15

Stage 9A: Naas  7 Miles Time Trial,    P.Flanagan (Kildare ) 14.30

Stage 9B: Phoenix Park, Dublin, 30 Miles.  N. Clarke (N.C.A.) 46.26

Noel Clarke Meath Winner Of 3 Stages In 75


 General Classification











P. Flanagan, Kildare.

J. Zebisch, Germany.  

S. Kennedy, N.C.A.

A. Zekri, Algeria

S. O’Hanlon N.C.A.

N. Clarke, N.C.A.

A. Gentilhomme, France

M. Cahill, Cork A

J. McNally, Dublin

A. Mahdi, Algeria

29- 08-59










Team International Ireland
S.O'Hanlon, B Power,S. Kennedy, M. Nulty, N. Clarke

County Team Meath A
C.Nulty, D.Devin, M.McKenna, G. Howard, E. Connolly.

Start Of Stage 3 Letterkenny To Donegal Billy Kennedy Tipperary, Noel Clark National Cycling Association, Joe Cashin Tipperary, Race Leader Paddy Flanagan Kildare, Tony Mooney Sligo & Colm Nulty Meath A

List Of Competitors 1975


1.       D. Zekri

2.       A. Mahdi

3.       M. Hamza

4.       A. Haouas

5.       M. Merzoug



6.       A. Gentilhomme

7.       S. Campomones

8.       P. Sabourin

9.       R. Chavagnec

10.   C. Dory



11.   J. Zebisch

12.   B. Zebisch

13.   W. Thomann

14.   F. Krun



15.   H. Schinz

16.   J. Stitner

17.   R. Stingl



18.   S. O’Hanlon

19.   B. Power

20.   S. Kennedy

21.   M. Nulty

22.   N. Clarke



23.   J. McAloon

24.   D. McKee

25.   G. Lundy

26.   E. Magennis

27.   B. Davey


Cork A

28.   M. Cahill

29.   J. Keogh

30.   D. O’Connell

31.   C. Moylan

32.   J. Sullivan


Cork B

33.   M. O’Connell

34.   F. Kearney

35.   S. Curtin

36.   E. Deady



37.   B. Monaghan

38.   J. McSharry

39.   S. O’Hare



40.   L. Keegan

41.   S. Eagan

42.   J. McNally



43.   T. O’Neill

44.   T. Mannion

45.   M. Lydon



46.   P. Flanagan

47.   L. Cannon

48.   E. Thackaberry

49.   P. Byrne

50.   W. McConn



51.   J. Houlihan

52.   J. Kelly

53.   J. Slattery



54.   J. Murphy

55.   C. Rooney

56.   D. Keenan


Meath A

57.   C. Nulty

58.   D. Devin

59.   M. McKenna

60.   G. Howard

61.   E. Connolly


Meath B

62.   T.P. Reilly

63.   M. Fay

64.   S. Maguire

65.   M. Kennedy

66.   T. Booth



67.   T. Mooney

68.   M. O’Hara

69.   F. McGovern

70.   M. Callaghan



71.   W. Kennedy

72.   John Cashin

73.   T. Cuddihy

74.   Joe Cashin



75.   John Lawlor



76.   M. Bann-Lavery



77.   T. Murphy


Paddy Flanagan, Kildare, winning the 1975 Discover Ireland Rás Tailteann with rider No. 29 Jim Keogh, Cork A, on Paddy's right.
Ben McKenna Meath A Team & Shay O'Hanlon In Action During the 1975 Rás

Shay O'Hanlon, National Cycling Association

Gabriel Howard Meath No 60 A Team and Ni 12 B. Zebisch Germany on stage two to Letterkenny

T.P. Reilly Meath B Team and Shay O'Hanlon National Cycling Association Team on Stage Two

H. Schinz, Bavaria, Bobby Power N.C.A, Martin O'Hara Sligo Shay O'Hanlon N.C.A.

Seamus Kennedy National Cycling Association Enjoys A Pint Of Milk At The Finish

The 1975 NCA team Shay O'Hanlon, Noel Clarke, Seamus Kennedy(in Race Leaders Yellow Jersey Which he lost to Paddy Flanagan on the last day), Bobby Power & Michael Nulty

P. Sabourin, R. Chavagnec, S. Campomones ,A. Gentilhomme, C. Dory France Kelly Carpets

Willie McConn, Emanuel Thackaberry, Paddy Flanagan (Rás Winner) Liam Cannon

The Lmerick Ferenka Team J.Holohan, J. Kelly, J.Waters (Manager) J. Slattery

Meath A Team, Gabriel Howard, Martin McKenna, Eddie Connolly, Colm Nulty & Denis Devin

Members Of The Algerian Team Before The Stage Start In Limerick City

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