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South Dublin Co. Sports Partnership launch Trishaw in Dodder Valley

South Dublin Co. Sports Partnership launch Trishaw in Dodder Valley

South Dublin Co. Sports Partnership launch Trishaw in Dodder Valley

South Dublin County Sports Partnership, in partnership with Age Friendly Ireland, introduce South Dublin County’s first Trishaw at Dodder Valley Park.  The Trishaw, named “Sonas”, will offer older adults and those with mobility issues the opportunity to experience the beauty and sounds of Dodder Valley Park in comfort, at an easy pace all while being cycled around by a pilot volunteer.

Cycling Without Age in partnership with Dodder Valley Cycling will manage the day to day of the Trishaw “Sonas,” along with their 30 plus dedicated local volunteers who will pilot the Trishaw passengers.

Thomas McDermott, South Dublin County Sports Partnership Coordinator said “Our aim is to encourage and support increased activity, and wellness in our communities. We hope introducing the Trishaw will make the outdoors more accessible, inclusive, and enjoyable to all in our community”.


Alan O'Flaherty,  Chairperson of Dodder Valley Cycling said  "Dodder Valley Park is such a perfect location for a Cycling Without Age chapter. CWA is all about letting older people, and those with mobility issues, experience the joy of a bike ride and just getting out into nature again to feel the wind in the hair. Having a Trishaw in the park really is a dream come true. The volunteer pilots are all looking forward to keeping Sonas the Trishaw busy over the coming months and years! I am so very grateful to everyone who has supported this project along the way to launch, and the list is a long one! Huge thanks to South Dublin County Council for providing the funding through the Active Cities Dublin initiative. I am very grateful to Thomas McDermott in the South Dublin County Sports Partnership for taking my initial call all those months ago and being very positive and encouraging from the outset."


The Trishaw is free to book, and booking slots are now available from 4 March.

Bookings can be made. 

  • Via the website :
  • By Email:
  • By Text:  'info' to (089) 406 6746

For more information on Cycling without Age and cycling accessibility please visit

For further information please contact

Thomas McDermott

SDCSP Sports Coordinator


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Joseph O'Flaherty (Passenger in Trishaw), Alan O'Flaherty (Trishaw pilot)

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Mary Toner, Thomas McDermott SDCSP Coordinator, Ciarán Ahern, Mayor of South Dublin County Council (SDCC) Cllr. Emma Murphy, Margaret Nolan, Fiona Murdoch, Joseph O'Flaherty (Passenger in Trishaw), Alan O'Flaherty (Trishaw pilot), Lisa Quinn O'Flaherty, Stephen McEvoy.