BIKEFEST: David MacPheerson and Lewis Baker of Harley-Davidson UK & Ireland riding out for Ireland BikeFest this weekend. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

By Sean Moriarty

Killarney will echo the sound of motorcycle engines this weekend as thousands are expected into town for the 13thannual Ireland BikeFest.

Ireland’s only free open biker festival takes place from today (Friday) until Monday, and two-wheel fans from all over the world will gather to celebrate 72 hours of biker heaven, with some stunning machines and kick back to the sounds of brilliant live music at the Gleneagle Hotel and across the town.

Ireland BikeFest is based at the specially constructed Bike Village in the car park between the Gleneagle and the Brehon Hotel.

Action is not limited to the Muckross Road with one of the festival highlights being the annual parade through the streets of Killarney on Sunday morning.

Hundreds of bikes, basically anything with an engine and two wheels, will cavalcade through town in a colourful and noisy celebration of two-wheeled motoring.

“Ireland BikeFest has a broad appeal – it’s a feat for the senses,” Breffni Ingerton, Ireland BikeFest Chairperson, said.

“The Killarney Town Centre Parade and the Custom Bike Show are always festival highlights however it’s undoubtedly the laidback friendly party atmosphere of the Bike Village which sees visitors from across the globe return year after year.”

Music lovers can tune in headlineacts including Qween, JoanovArc, Eurosmith, Live Lizzy and festival legends Hells Bells.

And like last year, Ireland Bike Fest 2019 will be supporting Muscular Dystrophy Ireland.