Sunday 22 September 2019

Engines to rev up from Baile Mhúirne's Mills

Concubhar Ó Liatháin

The N22 will echo to the roar of souped-up motorcycle engines at the weekend as the Black Lightning Café Racer festival starts its engine in Baile Mhúirne's Mills Inn.

The festival, the brainchild of motorbike enthusiasts Don Ó Laoire and Luc Racine, will bring together fans of the revved-up lifestyle for a weekend of biking, barbecues and rock music. The Café Racer originates from 1950s London, when the bikers raced from café to café, each modifying their vehicles to be that bit faster than their rival. There was no such thing as drinking and biking - except for cups of espresso and cappucino.

"We're really looking forward to a great weekend of biking and a bit of music and banter about our bikes," said Don, who is well-known as the proprietor of The Mills Inn, an establishment which can trace its origins back to the 18th century, when it was a stagecoach stop between Cork and Kerry. "I have my bike for a few years; it's a 1970s Honda," he said.   Luc is a reknowned carpenter, but he revealed he has also built his own bikes.  He's riding a Moto Guzzi bike. 

The bikers will gather on Friday evening at the Mills, and on Saturday they head out in the morning for a ride along the scenic roads of Gaeltacht Mhúscraí.  That evening, they will dine al-fresco at a barbecue, weather permitting, and be entertained by rock bands. On Sunday, the bikers roar out of Baile Mhúirne for another day's 'easy riding'.