By staff reporter
Doolin gears up for first Harley Fest for cancer charities and in memory of local woman
HARLEY-Davidson owners from across Ireland, the United Kingdom and the U.S. will descend on the North Clare village of Doolin this weekend, for the inaugural Doolin Harley Fest.
Taking place from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 August the event is being held in support of the Marie Clancy McDonagh Foundation, set up by the family and friends of local woman Marie Clancy who died in May from ovarian cancer at just 38.
Marie’s husband James and his two brothers, Mark and John, as well as local man Jimmy Boyle, are motorcycle enthusiasts and have partnered with Hotel Doolin to organise the festival, which they hope will become an annual event.
Doolin Harley Fest 2014 will feature more than 200 Harley-Davidson owners embarking on a charity ride through the Burren, a bike parade in Doolin, a custom bike show in the marquee of Hotel Doolin, BBQ’s on the lawn, a balloon release in memory of those who have died of cancer, and live music all weekend.
Participating bands include The Back of the Hand Blues Band featuring Dave Hope, Blues Train featuring Johnny Fean of Horslips fame, and Crossroads 66.
“We are delighted to have been asked by the Clancy family and Jimmy Boyle to host and help organise this event in memory of Marie”, said Hotel Doolin manager Donal Minihane.
He added: “Like other small communities around Ireland, there aren’t many people who haven’t had a loved one or friend touched by cancer. People can feel helpless when their loved ones are suffering but events like this can make a difference.
“They raise money for a good cause and they represent a show of solidarity and compassion from neighbours, friends and the wider community.”
“The people of Doolin have been very supportive of Harley Fest donating time, spot prizes and sponsoring the event. This isn’t just for Harley-Davidson enthusiasts, there’ll be plenty going on for families and people of all ages”.
Harley Fest 2014 takes place from August 15-17 in the grounds of Hotel Doolin, County Clare. Tickets are €20 and can be bought from Hotel Doolin, email@example.com /00353 (0)65-7074111.