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BikeFest attracts over 55,000 visitors to Killarney

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GIRLS ONLY: Fiona Carroll (eft) Holly Richardson (Guest Speaker, Blogger, Biker and YouTuber), and Pauline Lucas, (Ladies of Harley), at the Ladies Garage Party hosted by Ladies of Harley as part of the annual international festival Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

 

Cruising, craic and plenty of chrome – tens of thousands of festival goers soaked up the fun and fantastic atmosphere at Ireland BikeFest 2019.

In excess of 55,000 visitors passed through the Bike Village over the long weekend including motorcycle owners and enthusiasts from over 20 countries including Ireland, the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Poland, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands, South Africa, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, The Czech Republic, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, India, and the United States, gathered at the festival headquarters - The Gleneagle Hotel, where they soaked up the atmosphere and enjoyed the free entertainment.

“This was the 13thyear of Ireland BikeFest and we are delighted to report it was a resounding success,” Breffní Ingerton, Chairperson of Ireland BikeFest, said. “It contributed to a bumper weekend for the whole of Kerry and further afield, with visitor numbers up on last year.”

She added that there was a fantastic programme of biker, non-biker and family activities.

“This combined with an outstanding line-up of free entertainment, the friendly, laidback atmosphere of the bike village and the opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the world’s most iconic brands Harley-Davidson once again proved key to Ireland BikeFest’s success and wide appeal.”

Cahal Hayes from County Clare was the lucky winner of the Harley-Davidson Street Rod®motorcycle in the “Win a Harley-Davidson” raffle in aid of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland.

And plans are already in place for 2020, with additions to the programme which will be revealed in the coming months.

“Some of the free live entertainment is already confirmed.”

[caption id="attachment_26709" align="aligncenter" width="2688"] PIT STOP: James Buckley and Riain Harty, checking oil, at Ireland BikeFest. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_26710" align="aligncenter" width="2582"] BANTER: John Scanlon, David Enright, Jim Casey, Dan Cotter, Connie OÕConnor, Joe Quirke, at Ireland BikeFest over the June Bank Holiday weekend at the INEC, Killarney. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_26711" align="aligncenter" width="945"] HELL'S ANGELS: Br Joel from the Franciscan Friary, Killarney, at Ireland BikeFest Street Parade on Sunday. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_26712" align="aligncenter" width="1148"] NIFTY FIFTY: Hundreds of Honda 50 riders joined the Ireland BikeFest Street Parade on Sunday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_26713" align="aligncenter" width="2688"] Bikes and Trikes: Motorcycles of all descriptions took part in the annual parade through Killarney on Sunday morning. Photo by Valerie O'Sullivan[/caption]

 

 

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Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry.

The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland to be electrified but broadband in the region is expected to be live in the second half of the year with residents already able to pre-order their connection. 
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“We are determined to ensure the rollout is as fast as possible and connection is made easy for Black Valley residents, and we have a plan in place to work around the location’s all-important tourist season.

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Players of the year don’t duck a challenge

They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh […]

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They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh weren’t going to shy away from the latest task on their home patch.

The two top footballers in the country teamed up to launch a charity duck race which will form part of this year’s St Patrick’s Festival in Killarney, where they both live.

When the working day was done, busy secondary school teachers David and Louise had some great quack and they got caught up in the spirit of the occasion along the scenic River Deenagh in Killarney National Park.

The reigning Player of the Year and Ladies Player of the Year award winner demonstrated their competitive streak when they expressed confidence that their own ducks will win The Deenagh Duck Dash on the same river at noon on Monday, March 18.

But, luckily, festival chairman Jason Clifford was there to keep the peace and he even threatened to cry fowl and brandish a card at the star players – with duck yellow deemed the most appropriate colour.

Considered by many to be the greatest players of all time in their respective codes, between them, Fossa hotshot David and Corca Dhuibhne star Louise have an incredible nine All-Star awards.

But they might be tempted to swap one if their duck wins the fun-filled race on the day after St Patrick’s Day.

All proceeds from the event will go to St Francis Special School in Beaufort, Killarney which provides specialist education for young people with learning disabilities.
Festival chairman Jason remarked: “This isn’t just a race – it’s great fun for the whole family.
“Picture the scene with a flotilla of vibrant rubber ducks racing down a winding river, their owners cheering them on and all in the name of a fantastic cause”.
Super prizes await the winners, the cost of a rubber duck to participate in the race is just €5 and they can be bought online at https://stpatricksfestivalkillarney.ie/.

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