Kit­ting out for another su­perb BikeFest

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By TADHG EVANS

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/.

Photo by Don MacMona­gle.

Bik­ers Mark and Louise Ball from Bally­bunion; Fiona Car­roll, Kil­lar­ney; and Gerry Kunert, Kil­lar­ney.

Photo by Don MacMona­gle.

Pic­tured at the launch of Ride Sun­day / Ire­land BikeFest were Kil­lar­ney biker Fiona Car­roll, Kil­lar­ney with wannabe biker Jen­nifer Rae from Kil­lar­ney.

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