GIRLS ONLY: Fiona Carroll (eft) Holly Richardson (Guest Speaker, Blogger, Biker and YouTuber), and Pauline Lucas, (Ladies of Harley), at the Ladies Garage Party hosted by Ladies of Harley as part of the annual international festival Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan


Cruising, craic and plenty of chrome – tens of thousands of festival goers soaked up the fun and fantastic atmosphere at Ireland BikeFest 2019.

In excess of 55,000 visitors passed through the Bike Village over the long weekend including motorcycle owners and enthusiasts from over 20 countries including Ireland, the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Poland, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands, South Africa, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, The Czech Republic, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, India, and the United States, gathered at the festival headquarters – The Gleneagle Hotel, where they soaked up the atmosphere and enjoyed the free entertainment.

“This was the 13thyear of Ireland BikeFest and we are delighted to report it was a resounding success,” Breffní Ingerton, Chairperson of Ireland BikeFest, said. “It contributed to a bumper weekend for the whole of Kerry and further afield, with visitor numbers up on last year.”

She added that there was a fantastic programme of biker, non-biker and family activities.

“This combined with an outstanding line-up of free entertainment, the friendly, laidback atmosphere of the bike village and the opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the world’s most iconic brands Harley-Davidson once again proved key to Ireland BikeFest’s success and wide appeal.”

Cahal Hayes from County Clare was the lucky winner of the Harley-Davidson Street Rod®motorcycle in the “Win a Harley-Davidson” raffle in aid of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland.

And plans are already in place for 2020, with additions to the programme which will be revealed in the coming months.

“Some of the free live entertainment is already confirmed.”

PIT STOP: James Buckley and Riain Harty, checking oil, at Ireland BikeFest. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan


BANTER: John Scanlon, David Enright, Jim Casey, Dan Cotter, Connie OÕConnor, Joe Quirke, at Ireland BikeFest over the June Bank Holiday weekend at the INEC, Killarney. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan


HELL’S ANGELS: Br Joel from the Franciscan Friary, Killarney, at Ireland BikeFest Street Parade on Sunday. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan


NIFTY FIFTY: Hundreds of Honda 50 riders joined the Ireland BikeFest Street Parade on Sunday. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan


Bikes and Trikes: Motorcycles of all descriptions took part in the annual parade through Killarney on Sunday morning. Photo by Valerie O’Sullivan