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Why Ireland BikeFest is a well-oiled machine

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Biker Mike English tunes up his Harley-Davidson for Ireland BikeFest Killarney. PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE

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Biker Mike English tunes up his Harley-Davidson motorbike as he prepares for Ireland BikeFest’s 10th anniversary festival which takes place in Killarney on the June Bank Holiday weekend. PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE
 


 
IT’S Ireland’s biggest motorbike festival and it’s going to be attracting thousands of bike enthusiasts from across the globe during the June bank holiday weekend. The town of Killarney is about to go from 0 to 60 as it revs up to celebrate Ireland BikeFest’s 10th anniversary.

It will be zooming into action from June 3 to 6, and word on the ground is that the organisers are gearing up for their biggest and boldest festival yet.
With ten years experience under their kidney belts, the Ireland BikeFest team really know what they’re at. This festival has evolved into a well-oiled machine attracting bike enthusiasts in their tens of thousands from all over the world. It is Ireland’s only free open biker festival and the festival headquarters are located at The Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney.

Highlights will include daily ride outs around famous touring routes along the Wild Atlantic Way, marshalled by Celtic Thunder Chapter Ireland and Gaelic Chapter Ireland, free Harley-Davidson® demo rides, Waterford and Dublin Harley-Davidson® Dealers, HOG® hospitality and info, Jumpstart, Technical Area, the Custom Bike Show, Parade and lots of free live indoor and outdoor entertainment day and night.

The Bike Village is the main hub of activity throughout the weekend, featuring trader stands selling specialised biker wares including clothing, helmets, trinkets, gadgets, and gizmos. The Village offers plenty of places to eat, grab a drink at the popular Harley Bar, or simply sit and listen to the live bands and DJ’s perform over the course of the weekend.

This year’s line-up of entertainment is epic and culminates with the Saturday night gig in the INEC with Kíla followed by the Tenors of Rock. Be sure to check out The Irish Rolling Stones, Jerry Fish and festival favourites Hells Bells as well. With free entry to all Ireland BikeFest gigs you’ve no excuse not to.

Ireland Bike Fest’s support of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland will continue this year with the “Win a Harley-Davidson®” raffle which will be officially launched on Sunday, May 8. Visit www.mdi.ie for information on how to enter. And if you are an aspiring biker don’t worry! Ireland BikeFest Killarney also welcomes visitors who just want to experience the Bike Village and free live entertainment. Visitors do not even have to own a bike; they can just bask in the glory of some slick, well-built machines and enjoy the unique party and festival atmosphere of Ireland BikeFest.

Ireland BikeFest Killarney is supported by Harley-Davidson® UK, Authorised Dealers and HOG® Chapters in association with Destination Killarney Ltd and Fáilte Ireland. For further information please contact: www.irelandbikefest.com

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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