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McQuaid comes to the aid of Ukrainians – as shop appeals for unwanted bikes

A bike shop on Dublin’s quays is looking for old bikes to repair and donate to Ukrainian refugees who have fled to the city.  

According to figures from the Department of Justice, some 17,000 people have fled Ukraine to Ireland. Most families have had to leave everything behind and only bring what was accessible and necessary. 

More than 20,000 pledges have been made to the Red Cross to house Ukrainian refugees in Irish homes. 

Inside McQuaid Bikes in Glasnevin – McQuaid Cycles Facebook page

Paul McQuaid, owner of McQuaid bikes and River Cycles at Usher’s Island, says he will repair donated bikes to pass on to Ukrainian refugees.  

People can donate their old bikes that they no longer in use if they are fixable. He accepts both children’s and adult bikes.

“The bikes can’t have any rust on them,” said McQuaid.

People who are looking to donate bikes should send him a picture on WhatsApp beforehand so the condition can be examined. 

Mc Quaid Cycles in Glasnevin – Wiktoria Sobczak

A lot of people have old bikes sitting in sheds or gardens, donating them would not only free up space but also help Ukrainian families in need.  

When Covid-19 started, McQuaid repaired donated bikes for free for hospital staff. His goal is to repair as many bikes as possible this year for families from Ukraine. 

‘’I repaired hundreds of bikes during Covid’

Paul MCQUAID

McQuaid has been in the bike industry his whole life. He set up Phoenix Park Bike Hire 16 years ago.  

Locals can help a family out by donating not only bikes, but also lights and other accessories. 

People who would like to donate a bike or locks and other accessories, and Ukrainians in need of bikes can email paul@rivercycles.com or by WhatsApp to 086 2656258.

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