The Bulfin Heritage Cycle Rally 2019.

What’s This All About?

Once described by William Bulfin as “a gem in the basin of the Nore” the chosen route for our 2019 event will begin and end in the beautiful village of Durrow, in Co. Laois. Over the course of our two day event, our journey will take us deep into our medieval past. On day one, after breakfast and assembly at Aylward’s Rural Heritage Museum, we head for the 6th century Aghaboe Abbey, via Abbeyleix De Vesci Estate and St. Fintan’s Church at Cremogue. We will learn of St. Fergal and St. Canice, of their connection with Laois, and the intriguing story of St. Canice’s departure to Co. Kilkenny. Day Two will see us cycle to the Marble City, via Lisdowney and Freshford. to visit the Cathedral, named in Canice’s honour.

Aghaboe Abbey

After meeting up with Kilkenny High Nelly Club, The Flying Column, we will also take in visits to Kilkenny Castle, and the Medieval Mile Museum, Kilkenny. Our wonderful hosts will then treat us to some food and music, in the Home Rule Club. We will then board our bus back to Durrow, where our event’s “Final Handshakes” will commence in Bob’s Museum Bar, with lots more music & craic. This enticing all-round Heritage Cycle is accessible to all, without any major difficulties. It is ideal for cyclists who want to discover roads less travelled, and histories less told, whilst journeying through the rolling green countryside on vintage bikes. This year we are also providing the option for non-cyclists to join us, on our Heritage Bus, which will travel the very same route as our bicycles!

So if you fancy coming along, but not cycling, then simply choose our Heritage Bus option, when booking your ticket.


St. Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny 

2019 Itinerary: Meandering Monks & Medieval Miles & other tales from Ancient Upper Ossory

Details: Day 1: Saturday August 24th

11am: Assembly at Aylward’s Rural Heritage Museum
The Full Irish “Bulfin” Breakfast! Narration from William Bulfin’s book; “Rambles in Eirinn”
Cycle to Aghaboe Abbey – via Coleman’s Road

12:30pm Visit De Vesci Estate, Abbeyleix (By kind permission)
Heritage Talk: ‘The Abbey of Abbeyleix’, at the Monk’s Bridge

2pm: Cremogue Church of St. Fintan
Heritage Talk and Sample a Monk’s Austerity Meal

St. Fintan’s Well
An Irish Country Picnic
Sample a Monk’s Indulgence
Making Merry with Traditional Mead

4pm: Aghaboe Abbey – A Celebration of our Monks – Saint’s Fergal and Canice
Monastic Trials and Tribulations – Heritage Talk
St Canice: Telling the Story of the Two Coffins – Pageant/Folklore
St. Fergal: Narration from William Bulfin’s book – Rambles in Eirinn & The Austrian connection “
In Days of Old” An Irish “Pattern” Day
Rustic Merriment with Music, Song & Dance
Food & Refreshments served
St Canice Commemoration Trail – A Pilgrim Path

6pm: Clough
The Land League Priest – local history/storytelling Narration from William Bulfin’s book – “Rambles in Eirinn” Light Refreshments served

8pm: Bob’s Museum Bar Durrow
BBQ, Music & The Ancient Pastime of Skittles

Overnight in Durrow – Camping facilities at The Harps GAA Centre Option to upgrade to local B&B Day 1 Trail – 38K approx
Option to upgrade to local B&B

Details: Day 2: Sunday August 25th

9:30am: Durrow
A Full Irish Bulfin Breakfast at The Harps GAA Centre
10.30am: Assembly, followed by a Heritage Talk: ‘Durrow in County Kilkenny’

11am: Durrow to Kilkenny
St. Canice’s Commemoration Trail – A Pilgrim Path
Cycle to St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny, via An Béalach Mór Taisteál: (“Up the Hill” transport available)
Lisdowney: Heritage Talk
Freshford – St Lachtain: Heritage talk , and Light Refreshments
A Conker Match: An Exhibition of an Ancient Pastime

2pm: Granges Road, Kilkenny
Meeting with our Kilkenny Hosts, The First Battalion Kilkenny (High Nelly Bicycle Club) Heritage Cycle around Kilkenny – Including:
Tour & Heritage Talk at St Canice’s Cathedral
Kilkenny Castle & The Kilkenny Medieval Mile Heritage Museum

5pm: Celebration Meal
Food & Music at Home Rule Club Kilkenny

8pm: Homeward Bound
An extract from William Bullion’s Book, Rambles In Eirinn
Bus to Durrow (including bike transport)

9pm: Bulfin Event 2019 “Final Handshakes”
Music & Craic at Bob’s Museum Bar, Durrow as the Bulfin Heritage Cycle Rally 2019, concludes with our event’s Final Handshakes!

Day 2 Trail – 32K approx

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