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An online fundraiser has been opened after two Newry boys had their bikes stolen while competing at the HSBC UK National Downhill Mountain Bike Series in Scotland last weekend.

One of the stolen bikes.

Shea Rooney, an apprentice joiner at MJM and his brother Josh Rooney, an A Level Student at the Abbey Christian Brothers' Grammar School were competing at the Scottish BDS (British Downhill series) event, and after a successful day of practice on Saturday, they along with other competitors awoke on Sunday morning to find their expensive race bikes had been stolen from the secure storage they were in. 

With only 5 weeks until the Irish National Championships, Newry man Benny Clerkin has decided to try and raise funds for the guys and has started a go-fund me page. The bikes cost around £7,500 each. MJM are also making a donation in recognition of Shea’s hard work and commitment to the Company. 

Clerkin who knows the boys from competing at Rostrevor commented "The two Lads had these bikes modified to there own specifications - to give you an example of cost Shea had spent over £2000 converting his bike to a mullet (Bigger front suspension and wheel on the front) money he had work hard for. The lads are devastated to say the least.

"This leaves them in a sticky and unnecessary situation for the rest of the year, anyone who knows the lads will understand what bikes and racing means to them and to be side-lined not only for the BDS but all other up and coming races is devastating. As the Irish National Champs is approaching it would be a shame for them to miss it. As we all know how strong the biking community is lets try get these lads back on bikes and racing again"

If you wish you can donate at GOFUND.ME

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