Bulfin Heritage Cycle Rally 2018 – A Review
BULFIN 2018 REVIEW: The Bulfin Heritage Cycle Rally 2018, was held on August 24th. Taking its inspiration from William Bulfin, who cycled around Ireland in 1902, recording hidden heritage sites of interest on his journey, this year’s Rally celebrated the Return of the Seven Septs of Laois. The Tarbert Historical Society from Co. Kerry carried seven torches, each representing one of the families, that were banished from Co. Laois, by Crown forces, and relocated in Kerry in 1607, under sentence of death, should they ever return to Laois. Their descendants remain in Kerry to this very day and so the time had come for the “Seven Septs to finally make their return”. The seven torches arrived at the former O’Moore stronghold at Dunamase, to light up a Ceremonial Laois Sept Vessel, at a very special, and unique Heritage gathering on the Rock of Dunamase.
The Bulfin cyclists, already on a tour of heritage sites across Laois, merged with our Kerry visitors at Dunamase for a special ceremonial pageant, presented to a large gathering that included visitors from Austria, England and Canada, in addition to participants from across Ireland. The Bulfin Heritage Cycle Rally, (where participants cycled on old High Nelly bicycles and dressed in period clothing) also included visits to Castle Durrow, Irish Fly Fishing & Game Shooting Museum, Attanagh, Heywood Gardens, Ballinakill, Timahoe Round Tower & Heritage Centre, Stradbally Evening Market Fare, Emo Court, Ballyroan, Pass of the Plumes, Abbeyleix Heritage House and Aylward’s Rural Heritage Museum; in an event that captured the imagination of participants from at home and abroad.
The Bulfin Heritage Cycle Rally started at Castle Durrow and finished with a celebratory meal at Ashbrook Arms, Durrow, before participants retired for an evening of music and song supplied by local artists, and traditional Austrian fare supplied by our visiting musicians from Ebensee, Austria.