On Saturday Daniel Martin , the nephew of Stephen Roche , cousin of Nicolas and son of former professional Neil Martin won a race .
The race was the Tour of Poland , the first national tour victory by Irish rider since Kelly’s victory in Spain in 1988 and uncle Stephens wins in France and Italy the previous year .
In years to come this may be looked upon , along with Philip Deignan’s great stage win in last years Vuelta , as the beginning of the second great era of Irish cycling .
There will never be another Kelly , a rider capable of winning any race under any condition , from any country . It is impossible to see anyone equal Roche seniors wins in the GIro , Tour and Worlds in a single year where he joined a club of 2 alongside the legend that is Eddy Merckx .
However the current crop of riders who have ‘Ireland ‘ stamped on the cover of their passports gives us something real and tangible to hope for . The numbers of cyclists on the roads of Ireland are now close to the numbers of the mid eighties which was the Golden era .
I don’t know what lies ahead for the cycling fans of Ireland but I am really looking forward to finding out over the next few years !