Cloughjordan’s bike festival embraces local history

This weekend, July 5-7, the Cloughjordan hosts a Gathering event that gives participants a different view of Irish history. Cloughjordan: Walk It, Bike It, Like It, is an opportunity to explore castles, churches and natural history in a beautiful corner of Tipperary.

This weekend, July 5-7, the Cloughjordan hosts a Gathering event that gives participants a different view of Irish history. Cloughjordan: Walk It, Bike It, Like It, is an opportunity to explore castles, churches and natural history in a beautiful corner of Tipperary.

Organised by the Walks Group of Cloughjordan Community Development Committee, the weekend is designed to provide a warm welcome and memorable activities for visitors from home and abroad.

The weekend kicks off on Friday at 8pm in the Thomas MacDonagh Heritage Centre, where archaeologist Caimin O’Brien will introduce the castles and churches that cyclists will visit. A session follows in Grace’s Bar, and everyone is encouraged to bring an instrument and join in.

The Saturday cycle to Behamore Castle and Modreeny Church begins at 10am, with registration at 9.30am. This is a 17k cycle that will stop at each site to explore with archaeologist Caimin O’Brien.

The Saturday walk is through Kyle to Emmel West. This starts at 2.30pm, with registration at 2pm. Once populous enough to have its own hurling team, Kyle is a sparsely populated part of Cloughjordan parish, and this walk explores the social history of the area and the natural history of the bog and woodland. The walk is led by Gearóid O Fóighil of the Walks Group. There will be a bus transfer from Cloughjordan to and from the walk.

Sunday begins with a gentle exploration of Knockanacree at 10am, complete with a cup of tea at registration. This walk explores the rich biodiversity of the wood and is led by Mr O Foighil.

The final event is a 20k cycle to Ballycapple and Emmel castles and Templeharry church.

At the end of the weekend, everyone is invited to The Railway Bar for a barbecue.

You can register for each event a half-hour beforehand in Cloughjordan. A limited number of bicycles will be available for people who don’t have their own bike. Pre-registration for cycles is essential on www.cloughjordan.ie/wibili or at 087-0979087.

The welcome evening on Friday and the Knockanacree walk are free. There is a small charge for the cycles and the Kyle walk to cover the costs of the event. These events are €3 each per adult, or there is a season ticket for €10. There is a family ticket for €10 for the Kyle walk. This includes 2 adults and 3 children. For full details of what to wear and what to bring, visit www.cloughjordan.ie/wibili.

For the most up-to-date information about Cloughjordan: Walk It Bike It Like it, visit www.cloughjordan.ie/wibili. You can book online, at the registration desk for each event, or ring 087-0979087.