One for bike lovers

Posted on: 10th June, 2016

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

Clonakilty’s annual Bicycle Festival kicks off cycle-season, taking place from June 9 to 12, with a series of events for bike-lovers young and old all across town. Celebrating its fifth year running, ClonBikeFest started with humble beginnings and has ignited a passion for bicycle transport and cycle-related fun across the town, which now proudly has its own rural bike-scheme, the first of its kind in Ireland.

Expect some old favourite events such as the hugely popular ‘Meals on Wheels’ and the family ‘Bicycle Hulaballoo’ in Emmet Square, this year adding bike-madness to the town carnival. There will also be a sketch-n-cycle with local artist James Waller, and a not-to-be-missed event on the Saturday night, where the festival will host Clonakilty’s first ever Cycle-Powered Cinema, with six bikes needed to power the projector and sound in O’Donovan’s Venue!

The festival is being launched on the evening of June 9 with a celebratory lap of the town on all 60 of the Community Bicycle Scheme Clon Bikes, so come on down at 7pm in your finest attire to join the fun. If your bike needs a bit of TLC in the lead up to the festival, bring it along to Jack, the fetival’s resident mechanic, in a free bike-clinic in Spiller’s Lane every Friday until the festival.

Full details of events at

Thursday, June 9:

Launch party and lap of the town on Clonakilty Community Bicycle Scheme bikes. Followed by a presentation of cycle-adventure tips and stories. (O’Donovans Venue)

Friday, June 10:

• Bike Clinic at Spiller’s Lane from 11am.

• Sketch-n-Cycle Picnic, 2pm. Meet at market.

• Bicycle Shorts: Plays and Poems – 8pm (Molly’s Wine Bar).

Saturday, June 13:

• Family Bicycle Hullaballoo – Emmet Square, 11am.

• Lovely Bicycle Competition / Annual Slow Bike Race.

• Historical Supper Cycle to Monk’s Lane

• Cycle-powered Cinema, 7.30pm.

Sunday June 14:

• Chai Tea/Tai Chi Cycle (health and wellness ride)

• Meals on Wheels (4 courses 15km mystery supper cycle).

• Blow-out party w/ Harry Bird and The Rubber Wellies,

De Barra’s, 9.30pm.

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