Carole Nash
Content Writer
Published: 5th July 2016

Fun in the sun at Ireland Bike Fest!

Temperatures soared in Killarney over the weekend of June 3rd to 6th as Ireland BikeFest got everybody hot under the collar for its 10th anniversary.

Ireland’s only free open biker festival, the buzzing event attracted thousands of motorcycle-mad fans from across the globe as far as New Zealand, Canada and the US, all ready to ride with pride and party until the early hours!

Entertainment for all

With three stages to choose from, visitors were spoilt for choice with the musical entertainment on offer; live gigs and concerts were put on each day to keep everyone rocking from noon until early morning! Bands Big Generator, Jerry Fish and Devious pumped up the party atmosphere and there was plenty of entertainment for the whole family, including jaw-dropping displays of strength at the Dunlop Irishman strength trials.

Little visitors were similarly over-awed with things to see and do, including fairground rides and the famous novelty dog show, with classes to decide which entrant would be crowned in categories like Tiny but Tough, Pretty Puppy and everyone’s favourite – Waggiest Tail.

The novelty dog show was a big hit with visitors of all ages and over in the Bike Village there were treats to be found for four-legged friends as well as their two-legged owners! From dog clothing to crafts, there were accessories for all, as well as everything else under the sun for bikers in need of a bit of retail therapy.

Harley hogs the spotlight

Proud H.O.G owners were out in force to show off their prized machines and the queues were spilling over at the Harley-Davidson demo area, where the latest and greatest models were admired by all.

Hundreds – if not thousands – of bikers geared up for the annual parade on Sunday, riding through the town to the stares and whoops of amazing onlookers. The Harley-Davidson ride-outs were by far the highlight of the event, with bikers leaving the Gleneagle Hotel venue to experience the spectacular surroundings of the local famous touring routes, including the Dingle Peninsula and Ring of Kerry.

Bargains galore

The autojumble was positively brimming with bargains, from spare parts to memorabilia from big name brands and local clubs, and we had a few bargains to offer ourselves over at the Carole Nash stand – our team was busy saving with on-the-spot quotations for new and existing customers and running a fantastic free draw with a prize of €250 off your insurance quotation.

Charitable bikers donated to Muscular Dystrophy Ireland during the three-day event and local hairdresser Sean Taaffe from Killarney showed he had the luck of the Irish when he scooped the top prize in the charity raffle, riding off into the sunset atop a brand new Harley Davidson. He’s the second local winner in a row – last year’s hog went to town fireman Paudie Mangan!

While we can’t promise the sun at next year’s event, we can guarantee plenty of fun – see you there!