THE Bulfin Heritage Cycle is about much more than bicycles. The two-day event is choc-a-bloc with history, heritage, tours, re-enactments, pageants, heritage talks, music, song, food and good old-fashioned craic.
This year’s rally takes place on Saturday and Sunday 24-25 August. The route meanders through 68 kilometres of historical sites in Laois and Kilkenny.
In a change from last year, organisers are offering non-cyclists an opportunity to also explore local history and heritage by availing of the heritage bus.
The event begins with a full Irish breakfast at Aylward’s Rural Heritage Museum in Durrow before cyclists make their way to Aghaboe Abbey, where they will be greeted by a pageant before attending a heritage talk. Food and refreshments will also be served. It’s then off to Clough, where participants will be informed about local historical events, followed by fortune telling and light refreshments.
The evening concludes in Bob’s Museum Bar, Durrow with a barbecue, music and a few games of skittles.
Those taking part have the option of camping overnight in the Harps GAA Centre or in local B&Bs.
Day two begins at 9.30am with a hearty Bulfin Breakfast at The Harps GAA Centre, followed by a heritage talk about Durrow in Co Kilkenny.
Next on the list is a cycle to St Canice’s Cathedral in the Marble City. Stops along the way will include heritage talks in Lisdowney and a conker match in Freshford before moving onto Threecastles.
At approximately 2pm, the cyclists will be accompanied by the Flying Column – a High Nelly bicycle club in Kilkenny – around the city with a tour and talk on the cathedral, Kilkenny Castle, the Black Abbey and the Kilkenny Medieval Mile Heritage Trail. A meal and music will also be provided in the Home Rule Club before boarding a vintage bus to take participants back to Bob’s Museum Bar in Durrow for a grand finale of music and craic.
To secure one- or two-day tickets, a bus pass or for more information about the event, log onto bulfinheritagecycle.com.