‘In the wheelrims of William Bulfin’

The group of High Nellie cycle enthusiasts who gathered in Damer House in honour of William Bulfin, who at the turn of the last century braved the tough Irish terrain to complete a 3,000 mile round trip on his brand new High Nelly bike.
The Derrinlough to Durrow High Nelly Heritage Cycle is a 110k, two-day cycling adventure which retraces one of the historic bicycle journeys of William Bulfin, as told in his iconic book, “Rambles in Eireann” (1907).

The Derrinlough to Durrow High Nelly Heritage Cycle is a 110k, two-day cycling adventure which retraces one of the historic bicycle journeys of William Bulfin, as told in his iconic book, “Rambles in Eireann” (1907).

High Nelly cycling enthusiasts will visit the Heritage towns of Birr, Roscrea and Abbeyleix, and, just like Bulfin, delight in the heritage of the Irish countryside, embrace the historical importance of the “Book of Dimma” and the “Rock of Dunamaise” before pushing on to the picturesque town of Durrow, Co. Laois where William Bulfin lingered on his bicycle journey in 1902 describing this lovely town as “A Gem in the Basin of the Nore”. William Bulfin was a journalist, travel writer and proud Irish Nationalist, who was born in Derrinlough, Co Offaly in 1864. He emigrated to Argentina in 1883, where he worked among the native gauchos and cowboys before becoming proprietor and editor of “The Southern Cross” newspaper in Bueno Aires, Bulfin returned from Argentina in 1902, he then set off on a heritage fact-finding journey that took him through the highways and byways of Ireland on a steel framed bicycle made by Pierce Ironworks in Wexford.

Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.