RIP Debbie Barclay


The cycling fraternity throughout Ireland were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Debbie Barclay (nee Kane). Daughter of former Irish international Dave Kane and sister to Mark and Paul Kane, cycling was always in her blood. Back in the 1980’s Debbie was undoubtedly the top woman cyclist in the country. She won five Irish RR titles and three time trial championships. She was also the first Irish woman to break the hour barrier for 25 miles. In 1986 she represented Ireland in the world championships in Italy.

Two years later Debbie was competing in the WCRA 3-Day International at Harlow in England when tragedy struck on the final stage. She crashed on a descent leading to an injury which would see her confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life.

But Debbie was never a person to lie down and wallow in self-pity. She went on to lead a full life and was an inspiration to all those who met her. Up until recently she could still be seen riding her hand cycle, affectionately christened ‘Black Betty’.

Posting on the VC Glendale FB page Tracey Watson wrote “Debbie was such a wonderful person, always smiling, always chatting and she could light any room with a smile and had so much time for the Glendale Imps who recognised her inspiration and passion for life and for cycling.”

Another wrote, “She was an absolute role model and was the bravest person we know. Her life was a constant battle right to the end but a life lived to the full and always with a smile and positive outlook to everyone that met her."

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