Cycling legend Mickey Palmer is being laid to rest in Westport today.

Mickey was a top class cyclist in the 1950’s and 60’s and was crowned the 60 mile National Time Trial Champion in 1966.

The Covey Wheelers Westport Cycling Clubman’s stature in the sport was a stepping stone in the creation of the Rás Mhuigheo, an event he eventually won twice.

He also rode the Rás Tailteann on three occasions, twice finishing third and enjoying two stage victories in the 1959 event.

His vast legacy is recorded in his biography “The story of Mickey Palmer Woollen Jerseys An’ Whiskey Legs”.

The Westport man will be laid to rest in Aughavale Cemetery following a private funeral Mass in the Holy Trinity Church.

Members of his cycling club are holding a socially distanced guard of honour to pay their respects to Mickey along his final journey.

The Chairman of the Covey Wheeler’s Anthony Murray and his father Peter have paid tribute to one of the club’s greatest cyclists.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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