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      Irish cyclist



      completes Alvor-



      Dublin bike ride


      Just under two months ago Algarve expat and
      amateur cyclist Robert Lynch set off on a
      mammoth bike ride from the Algarve village of

      Alvor to the Irish capital Dublin, raising funds for
      a Portimão charity.
             he 48-year-old Irishman
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              cycling some 2,000
      Tkilometres from                     CARRIE-MARIE
      Portugal to Ireland but, as he tells   BRATLEY
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      journey ended up covering more  “my tyres were sticking to the
      than twice as much ground.    tarmac. It was literally melting”.
        He set off from Alvor on 16 May,  Overall the hardy Alvor resident
      and arrived at his final      raised just over €300 for the
      destination in Dublin on 8 July.  Portimão-based Goodwill
        “In the end I cycled about  Charity, which supports a
      4,500km, because we’d         number of local and regional
      calculated it as the crow flies, but  causes, including the homeless,
      of course with all the ups and  children’s homes, and the
      downs and detours it was a lot  disabled, with donations still  Robert with family after arriving in Dublin following a mammoth 4,500km fund-raising bike ride from the
                                                                 Robert with family after arriving in Dublin following a mammoth 4,500km fund-raising bike ride from the
                                                                 Robert with family after arriving in Dublin following a mammoth 4,500km fund-raising bike ride from the
                                                                 Robert with family after arriving in Dublin following a mammoth 4,500km fund-raising bike ride from the
                                                                 Robert with family after arriving in Dublin following a mammoth 4,500km fund-raising bike ride from the
      more than the initial 2,000   coming in.                   Algarve.
                                                                 Algarve.
                                                                 Algarve.
                                                                 Algarve.
                                                                 Algarve.
      kilometres”, he jokes, describing
      the solo adventure as “absolutely
      fantastic”.                   Portugal to accept migrants arriving in Italy
        Robert and his bike plus a
      25km trailer travelled up the  Portugal has agreed to accept 50 of the migrants, who arrived over the weekend and were being kept on a pair ofhas agreed to accept 50 of the migrants, who arrived over the weekend and were being kept on a pair of
                                    Portugal has agreed to accept 50 of the migrants, who arrived over the weekend and were being kept on a pair of
                                    Portugal has agreed to accept 50 of the migrants, who arrived over the weekend and were being kept on a pair ofhas agreed to accept 50 of the migrants, who arrived over the weekend and were being kept on a pair of
                                    Portugal
                                    Portugal
      Portuguese coast, through Spain
                                    military ships off Sicily.
                                    military ships off Sicily.
                                    military ships off Sicily.
                                    military ships off Sicily.
      to southern France, and through  military ships off Sicily.
      France and the UK, before finally  Italy says it is waiting for other  other EU countries.  have reached Italy.        The overall number of migrants
      crossing to Dublin, Ireland.   European nations to pledge to  Both Italy and Malta have   The International Organisation  and refugees entering Europe by
        He says while he expected the  take some of the hundreds of  blocked aid groups from  for Migration said on Tuesday that  sea this year totals 50,872, less
      mountainous Spanish region to  migrants on board before    operating rescue boats, either by  Spain saw 18,016 migrants up to  than half the 109,746 who came
      be one of the most difficult parts  allowing them to step on to Italian  refusing them entry to their ports  15 July, while 17,827 people  in by mid-July last year.
      of the journey – “and it was hard,  soil.                  or by impounding their vessels  landed in Italy during the same  In 2016 during the same period,
      my legs were killing me” – the  The Czech Republic has     and putting their crews under  period.                    241,859 migrants came to
      biggest obstacle he faced was  rebuffed the appeal, calling the  investigation.           Aid groups have reported a rise  Europe.
      the unusually hot weather the UK  distribution plan a “road to hell”.  The UN migration agency,  in the number of crossings to  IOM also said 1,443 people are
      has experienced in recent      Italy has vowed to prohibit  meanwhile, said the number of  Spain and Greece compared to  dead or missing in the dangerous
      weeks.                        further disembarking of      migrants and refugees who    the previous year, while arrivals in  Mediterranean Sea route up to 15
        “I was expecting rain and I got a  migrants who were rescued  have arrived in Spain by sea this  Italy are down almost 80 percent  July this year.
      heat wave,” he laughs, adding  unless the burden is shared by  year has overtaken those who  from 2017.                                   TPN/PA
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