Bulfin Heritage Cycle Rally 2018 – Route Details

Day One of the Bulfin Heritage Cycle, following in the wheel rims of William Bulfin

Bulfin Heritage Cycle Rally 2018.

Route Details.

Route and itinerary details for this year’s Bulfin Heritage Cycle Rally, as our Event Tickets are now on sale! As well as our usual Full Event Ticket, you can now purchase single tickets for Day One and Day Two, should you so prefer.

We visit amazing heritage sites, and many places of interest in between; such as Castle Durrow and Heywood Gardens, round towers and hilltop strongholds, Gourmet Jams and Evening Markets, Museums and Heritage Centres, restaurants and public houses, eating as we go …. fuelling up for battle re-enactments, heritage talks, pageants, recitals, the long awaited return of the Seven Septs of Laois, music, song and dance, with our Austrian visitors, to mention but a bit of it, and then finish everything off in style, with a celebratory meal at the Ashbrook Arms, except that’s not the end of it because there’s more music, song and dance, vintage bikes and the likes, at Bob’s Bar, back in Durrow, where it all began…. where it all began it should end….. and begin once more, for next year we go again…. to where we yet not know, but rest assured that once again we’ll be rambling in Eirinn!

But before all that here is the itinerary/route details for the Bulfin Heritage Cycle Rally 2018.


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…)

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…)

Bulfin Heritage Cycle – Picture of The Day No. 01

Bulfin Heritage Cycle Rally.

Picture of The Day No. 01.

Image taken from page 113 of ‘Romances of the Wheel, a collection of romantic cycling tales. By W. J. C., an old rider [i.e. W. J. Coppen]’

Image taken from:

Title: “Romances of the Wheel, a collection of romantic cycling tales. By W. J. C., an old rider [i.e. W. J. Coppen]”
Author: C., W. J. – an Old Rider
Shelfmark: “British Library HMNTS 12641.c.31.”
Page: 113
Place of Publishing: Coventry
Date of Publishing: 1880
Iliffe & Son
Issuance: monographic
Identifier: 000561729

SourceFlicker Commons – The British Library

About The Bulfin Heritage Cycle Rally 2018


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William Bulfin – The Inspiration

The Inspiration

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Video – Bulfin Heritage Cycle 2017

Bulfin Heritage Cycle 2017.

The “Bulfin Heritage Cycle Rally” 2017 a two day event showcasing the hidden heritage of Ireland’s Ancient East and in particular, of South Laois and North Kilkenny. Inspired by William Bulfin’s unique cycle around Ireland in 1902; The event took place on August 26th. & 27th. (Heritage Week 2017). Throughout the vintage cycle journey, participants engaged in guided tours, storytelling, music and local folklore visiting historical and heritage sites of interest in the area.


Bulfin Heritage Cycle Rally 2017

The “Bulfin Heritage Cycle Rally” 2017 a two day event showcasing the hidden heritage of Ireland’s Ancient East and in particular, of South Laois and North Kilkenny. Inspired by William Bulfin’s unique cycle around Ireland in 1902; The event took place on August 26th. & 27th. (Heritage Week 2017).

Schedule – August 25th 2018

Bulfin Heritage Cycle

Details: Day 2, Sunday August 25th

9.30am Durrow: A Full Irish Bulfin Breakfast at The Harps GAA Centre
10.30am: Assembly
Heritage Talk: Durrow in County Kilkenny.
11am: Durrow to Kilkenny:
St Canice 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 with Ned Kennedy
A Conker Match – An Exhibition of an Ancient Pastime
Route continues through Threecastles and Talbot’s Inch
2pm: Meeting with our Kilkenny Hosts – The Flying Column (High Nelly Bicycle Club)
Heritage Cycle around Kilkenny -Including:
Tour & Heritage Talk at St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny Castle,
The Black Abbey & The Kilkenny Medieval Mile Heritage Trail.
4pm: Celebration Meal and Music at Home Rule Club Kilkenny
7pm: Vintage Bus to Durrow (including bike transport)
8pm: Bulfin Event 2019 “Final Handshakes”
Music & Craic at Bob’s Museum Bar, Durrow
Day 2 Trail – 33K approx

Schedule – August 24th 2019

Bulfin Heritage Cycle 2018

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 and Shanahoe.
1pm: Aghaboe Abbey
A Celebration of our Monks Saint’s Feral, Canice and Fintan
Heritage Talk: Monastic Trials and Tribulations
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.
St Fintan: Sample a Monk’s Austerity Meal.
“In Days of Old” An Irish “Pattern” Day.
Rustic Merriment with Music, Song & Dance.
A Monk’s Indulgence – Making Merry with Traditional Mead.
Food and refreshments served.
St Canice Commemorative Trail – A Pilgrim Path
3pm: Clough: The Land League Priest – local history/storytelling.
Narration from William Bulfin’s book – “Rambles in Eirinn”
4pm: Grantstown Lake:
An Authentic Crannóg & The Lost Village.
Heritage Talk: Grantstown Tower House .
Music & light refreshments.
6.30 pm: Bob’s Museum Bar Durrow – BBQ, Music & The Ancient Pastime of Skittles

Day 1 Trail – 35K approx
Overnight in Durrow – Camping facilities at The Harps GAA Centre
(courtesy of Durrow Scouts & Harps GAA Club)
Upgrade to B&B available locally.

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