Kitting out for another superb BikeFest
TO put it mildly, Killarney-based Ireland BikeFest has become one of the county’s most beloved events in a very short space of time.
Adored by bikers and non-bikers alike since it was established over a decade ago, the event welcomes tens of thousands of people, including thousands of bikers, annually to Killarney.
Taking place across the June bank holiday weekend, it has its base on the grounds of the Gleneagle Hotel, with the Bike Village offering food, fun, no shortage of biking-related stands, and the always-popular Harley Bar. In terms of entertainment, three stages will accommodate such acts as The Affray, The Irish Rolling Stones, JoanovArc, The Harleys, and Hells Bells, a band synonymous with the festival.
And while it has a little something for bike-lovers and casual observers alike, this festival of course has a strong emphasis on the machinery, and it isn’t short on highlights in this regard as well as doing more than its bit for good causes.
Regardless of your motorcycling style, the famous BikeFest Parade will roll through Killarney town from 11am on Sunday, June 3, in aid of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland. There will also be the daily ride-outs along scenic parts of the county such as the Skellig Coast, the Ring of Kerry, and Slea Head, under the guidance of Celtic Thunder Chapter Ireland and Gaelic Chapter Ireland.
You could also win a Harley-Davison through participating in a raffle offering the top prize of all top prizes. To follow the updates, visit www.irelandbikefest.com or www.facebook.com/irelandbikefest/.
Bikers Mark and Louise Ball from Ballybunion; Fiona Carroll, Killarney; and Gerry Kunert, Killarney.
Pictured at the launch of Ride Sunday / Ireland BikeFest were Killarney biker Fiona Carroll, Killarney with wannabe biker Jennifer Rae from Killarney.