The Bulfin Heritage Cycle Rally 2018

Two wonderful days in August!

At the Pavillion, Castle Durrow, as registration for the event commences.

The pavilion at Castle Durrow.

Getting ready to leave Castle Durrow.

Time to hit the road!

Our Austrian friends arrive at Castle Durrow.

In the end it all came and went so quickly! After months of preparations the big day finally arrived on August 24th, and the Bulfin Heritage Cycle Rally 2018, was finally under way.

We have so much to share, from an event that truly touched the hearts and minds of all who took part. So many wonderful places were visited, wonderful people were met, new friendships formed, histories and heritages imparted, battles re-enacted, and the fun and camaraderie that abounded was amazing. 

Passing Attanagh Post Office on the way to our first stop.

We will over the coming weeks feature the stories, photographs and video footage of every aspect of our journey, and what an adventure it was. 

In County Laois we cycled, and travelled not just through the beautiful countryside and rolling hills, but through time itself! Each site we visited was steeped in history and wonder. For many of our cyclists these visits may have been their first to certain places, but not their last, we were continuously informed. For others among our convoy, not only had they never been, but had never known of many of sites we called upon, and the fascinating stories attached to each!

And that is what the Bulfin Heritage Cycle Rally is all about, and is also why we can say, with hand on heart, that the event has been a great success. For it’s all about delving into our heritage, finding, highlighting and sharing it; firstly with those wonderful people who brave the two days with us, on vintage bikes in vintage attire, and secondly with everyone else, as we promise to feature every aspect of our travels here on our website!

That is a promise we will keep, but it may take a little time! There are photographs and videos to be trawled through, then edited. Histories, facts and figures to be checked, but we will get there.

At Heywood Gardens

Arriving at Timahoe Round Tower & Heritage Centre

The Irish Fly Fishing & Game Shooting Museum

The wonder of the tower!

But before all that, we wish to thank all the participants in this year’s Rally! From all the wonderful cyclists and those who took part in our pageants and re-enactments, to those who gave heritage talks and received us so warmly! It goes without saying, that without you all, we would have no event, but we will say it anyway! Thank you!

We hope to do it all again next year, and truly hope to see you all again!

Scene from the Return of the Seven Septs of Laois, at the Rock of Dunamase.

At Emo Court

The Bulfin Cyclists at Emo Court

Departing Emo

The Rock of Dunamase

The Rambling House

Pass of the Plumes

Stradbally Evening Market

At Timahoe

Tracy’s Bar & Restaurant

Ready to hit the road, on day two!

The Bulfin Cycle

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Slight schedule change!

Bulfin Heritage Cycle Rally 2018.

Slight change to Schedule!

1)  Our guided tour of Emo Court has been changed to 11am on Saturday 25th instead of 11.30am.  This necessitates a change to our planned breakfast time at Treacy’s Restaurant. This will now be served at 9.30am and not 10am as previously described.
2)  For those of you who wish to leave your cars overnight in Durrow; secure parking will be available at Castle Durrow. (gates will be locked at night time)
This car park is located at the first entrance on the left (top of the hill and left  through big white gates).
Hopefully we will have someone there to direct you to the Pavillion, located at the rear of Castle Durrow.
Please do not park or leave your car overnight in the Main Car Park at the front/side of Castle Durrow as this is reserved for wedding guests and customers.
Should you require last minute information, don’t be afraid to give me a buzz on 086 8694691.
Otherwise, relax now! and look forward to a leisurely couple of days of cycling, eating, drinking, dancing, singing and acting? but above all, immersing yourself in our hidden heritage.
Wishing you all a happy and safe event!
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Calling All Cyclists! – Bring The Seven Septs of Laois Home.

Cyclists Needed!

Be A Part Of History!

Are you a cyclist? Part of a cycling club or group? Are you looking for a cycling challenge this summer?

If so, then the Bulfin Heritage Cycle has one for you!

We are looking for a group of cyclists, to take part in this year’s Rally, and have the honour of returning the Seven Septs of Laois, to their ancient homestead.

For many centuries before its plantation by the English, and its subsequent renaming as Queens County, Laois was under the control of Seven Septs (Local clan families). Following many bloody battles with the Crown forces, the surviving members of the Septs, were transplanted to Co. Kerry, being under sentence of death, should they ever return to Laois. The Septs were established in Kerry, as tenant farmers under their landlord, Patrick Crosbie, and their descendants remain in the Kingdom to this very day.  (more…)

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Eamon Bulfin – Raising the Irish Republic Flag on the G.P.O. in 1916

Eamon Bulfin and The Easter Rising.

On Easter Monday, in the midst of the 1916 Easter Rising, Eamon Bulfin hoisted aloft, on the roof of the rebel headquarters of the G.P.O. in Dublin, a green flag with the words “Irish Republic” painted on it. When the insurrection was crushed by British forces, Bulfin was sentenced to death for his role in the uprising.

William Bulfin is the inspirational figure for the Bulfin Heritage Cycle Rally. Having returned to Ireland from Argentina at the turn of the century, Bulfin undertook a road trip of his homeland, on a bicycle made by ‘Pierce of Wexford’. As he cycled the highways and byways of Ireland, he duly noted everything he had seen, and everyone he had met along the way. In 1907 the fascinating account of his 3,000 mile exploratory journey was published in a book entitled ‘Rambles In Eirinn’. It is an enchantingly descriptive narrative of an Ireland of old, that so eloquently blends landscapes and geographies, with people and histories.

Eamon Bulfin

But this important social document is not William Bulfin’s only legacy. He was a proud Irish Nationalist, and so it was perhaps inevitable that his son Eamon would inherited his father’s deep devotion to Ireland. Eamon was born in Argentina in 1892, at a time when William was writing of his experience on the pampas, for the Buenos Aires newspaper The Southern Cross , which was owned by Cork man, Michael Dineen.
After the Bulfin’s had returned to Ireland, Eamon was one of the first students enrolled in Pádraig Pearse‘s Irish language school Sgoil Éanna (St Enda’s). He forged a strong relationship with Pearse, and after he had graduated, he assisted with teaching at Sgoil Éanna, and continued his own studies at  University College Dublin.  (more…)

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