Simply the fest for kingdom
By Finn Gillespie
It’s revving up to be a massive June bike-holiday weekend. And if you’re at a loose end and fancy a few days of cruising, chrome and plenty of craic, then The Kingdom’s the place to be from May 31 to June 3.
Ireland Bike Fest 2013 will see more than 30,000 bikers and petrol heads mingle with anyone with a passing interest in two wheels for Ireland’s largest free open biker festival.
Killarney, with its breathtakingly beautiful surroundings, is the venue, and the town’s Gleneagle Hotel Killarney will be at the epicentre of the ground-shaking proceedings, with motorcycles, music and Harley-Davidson’s 110th anniversary celebrations all sharing the limelight as the main act.
The annual event attracts motorcycle owners and enthusiasts from all over the world. And slap-bang in the middle of the party will be the Bike Village, which will host an array of activities for bikers and non-bikers alike.
Revellers will be spoilt for choice, with stands selling specialised biker wares, displays of new machinery, a technical area, free Harley-Davidson demo rides with Waterford Harley-Davidson, the Custom Bike Show and much, much more.
The Harley-Davidson ‘Jumpstart Rider Experience’ will give aspiring bikers the chance to ride a motorcycle while remaining stationary – no riding experience is necessary.
Now in its seventh year, Ireland Bike Fest Killarney 2013 is a family-friendly festival. Ireland’s H.O.G. (Harley Owners Group) chapters have supplied a hard-working team of volunteers to make this a must-visit event year after year.
Celtic Thunder and Gaelic Chapters will take anyone interested on one of their organised ride-outs, or punters can just pop along to receive the warmest of welcomes at the Chapters area in the Bike Fest Village.
And the festival is not just for bikers – Bike Village will feature a family fun zone, a wide choice of places to eat and grab a drink, and an area to simply sit and listen to the live bands and DJs and bask in the glory of some slick, well-built machines.
The Bike Village outdoor stage, the Harley Bar and the Main Stage in the Gleneagle Hotel & INEC will see some of Ireland’s leading bands entertain the crowds from midday until the small hours, with MC/DJ Les Vickers rocking the party tunes out throughout the weekend.
Hells Bells followed by Lightning Strikes headline the Main Stage in the INEC on Saturday night to celebrate Harley-Davidson’s 110th anniversary – a party night not to be missed and free to everyone.
“It’s the laid-back, friendly carnival atmosphere of the Bike Village which sees visitors from across the globe return year after year,” says Ireland Bike Fest Chairperson Breffni Ingerton.
Other scheduled highlights scheduled for the weekend include daily ride-outs around famous touring routes including the Dingle Peninsula and Ring of Kerry, a live broadcast by Bob Conway of Today FM and the chance to “Win a Harley-Davidson®” in aid of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland. One of the highlights of the weekend is always the Sunday Morning Parade.
For further information on the festival and accommodation specials at the Bike Fest Village, see www.irelandbikefest.com, call 064-6671549 or email