Friends Of Cross

Mission Statement

Every year our Friends of CROSS help organise the Cross Atlantic Cycle. The Cross Atlantic Cycle has 3 objectives, each of which has equal importance for CROSS Charity.

1. Cancer Awareness.
Cancer awareness is a key component of Cross Charity’s mission. We use the tour and other initiatives to provide a platform to educate the whole community on the benefits of exercise, diet and weight management in the fight to prevent cancer. During the tour we visit schools, rugby clubs and local community centres.

2. Community Support.
Through our annual cycle we have built a community that works together to support the work of Cross Charity as it battles cancer and its causes. The volunteers, business groups, cyclists and community visits bring together a community of people who work together to achieve a common goal. Our group includes cancer survivors, their friends and relatives, cancer combatants (medical and scientific professionals and their volunteer supporters) who come together in a collaborative way, supporting each other emotionally and professionally throughout the year to make a difference in the battle against and the recovery from cancer.

3. Fund Raising.
Working together we can identify the equipment and resources needed by Cross Charity in their research into cancer causes and cures. Our annual cycle event allows us to generate event profits that are utilised to fund some or all of the requirements specified by the Cross team.

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Meet the Team

Conor Headon

Chair Friends Of CROSS

Conor (pictured with Alan Rolland) has built his career in the mobile telecoms marketplace. Conor currently is Director of CROSS, and acts as adviser to several business including Mobile Technology Companies, Multi National and Semi State organisations. Conor is a founder of CROSS and works closely with Professor John Reynolds and Supports the CROSS teams in both St. James’s Hospital and Trinity College Dublin.

Conor is a father of four boys in a sports mad family. A keen rugby, boxing and judo fan, Conor completed his “first two” stage participation in the 2014 CROSS Rugby legends cycle and has pledged to undertake the full cycle in 2015.

Paul Wallace

Patron Of CROSS Charity

Paul Wallace has been patron of CROSS Cancer Research since 2010 and was one of the originators of the new annual CROSS Cancer Cycle.

Paul qualified with an Honours Economics Degree from UCC and went on to work in Banking before becoming a professional rugby player. Paul played senior rugby for Munster, Leinster and Saracens and won 46 caps for Ireland before retiring prematurely with an ankle injury. Paul also played all three tests in the British & Irish Lions victorious test series against South Africa in 1997. Paul and his brothers Richard and David are the only three brothers to have played for the Lyons.

On retiring from Rugby, Paul joined Jones Lang LaSalle where his role was structuring international commercial property. In 2008, Paul moved to Bircroft Ireland, an International dept structuring and Insurance brokerage for Commercial property where is now Managing Director.

Paul is a keen sailor and laterally a keen cyclist where he has completed all five CROSS cycles to date.

Tom Conachy

Finance Director

Tom I a certified Accountant and Partner with OCC Chartered Accountants and Business Consultants based in Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 who specialise in advising small and medium sized businesses in the corporate, entertainment & Hospitality sectors both Nationally and Internationally. They have a very keen interest in the area of not-for-profit organisations and are representatives on a number of Boards of these organisations. As a keen cyclist Tom has participated in all of the Cross Cycling Challenges since inception, is a member of the board of Directors of CROSS and is a valuable sponsor of the Annual Cross Rugby Legends Cycle.

In addition to cycling Tom is a keen GAA supporter having won Senior and Intermediate Championships in Louth. Tom is the treasurer of the Cuchulainns GFC in Cavan and is also involved in coaching several underage teams with Cuchulainns in Cavan and is a founding member of St Kilians Wheelers Cycling Club which now has over 25 members.

Aidan Murphy

Director, Friends Of CROSS

Aidan, (pictured with Zinzan Brooke) has recently joined the board of Friends of Cross is a company director and also manages business development and marketing projects for a range of cleints.

Aidan is a very keen sports fan and long standing cyclist! He has completed the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Cross Rugby Legends cycles.