From Harleys to Honda 50s, Bikefest is a roaring success
A roaring success is one way of describing the annual Killarney BikeFest which takes the town and its surrounds by storm every June weekend. Now in its 14th year, Killarney BikeFest 2019 lived up to its billing as a celebration of motorcycling and the amazing life enthusiasts have behind bars on the open road.
But it's also a festival that appeals to people with a passing interest in motorcycles. Bikes of all styles - elaborate and ordinary - roll into town where hundreds of people turn out to welcome the spectacle.
The Gleneagle Hotel was the general HQ of the festival, while the Bike Village also drew large crowds as it had an array of brand bikes on display. Entertainment of every genre forms part of the weekend with dog shows, parades and outdoor live music pitching in as part of a great weekend.
And not that it was needed, the big European Cup game between Liverpool and Spurs added to the atmosphere when it was screened live via a large 55 square metre screen on the INEC stage and there was a family atmosphere for the big game.
Daily rides along the Wild Atlantic Way - marshalled by Celtic Thunder Chapter Ireland, Gaelic Chapter Ireland and Belfast Chapter - was a highlight. Meanwhile, you don't need to be a rocket scientist to know that the free Harley-Davidson demo rides went down a treat, as did the ladies' garage party with Holly Richardson.
The small matter of a Harley Davidson up for raffle is another important feature of the weekend. The winner's name was called out on the outdoor stage and the lucky person is Cahal Hayes from County Clare.
The money raised goes to Muscular Dystrophy Ireland. The second prize winner was Rudolf Neff from Killarney, and third prize was Teresa Data from Milltown.