Could Leitrim become the cycling capital of Ireland?

Leitrim Hike & Bike Festival on this weekend

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Could Leitrim become the cycling capital of Ireland?

On Saturday September 30, in Beirnes of Battlebridge there will be a series of talks and workshops around the ambitious theme ‘Could Leitrim become the cycling capital of Ireland’.

These talks are part of a weekend programme of walks and cycles in and around Leitrim Village organised for the first Leisurely Hike + Bike Festival Leitrim.

Following the official opening of the festival at 2pm by Cathaoirleach Finola Armstrong Maguire the speakers include:  

l Eileen Gibbons, a member of the Leitrim Recreation Forum, the group who were involved in bringing about the ‘dream project’ – the link between Drumshanbo and Carrick-on-Shannon, which includes the recently opened floating boardwalk on Acres Lake.

l Rob Doyle, one of the leading members of two successful community groups - SLNCR, which developed the Dromahair Demonstration Greenway and Love Leitrim, which was instrumental in bringing about an onshore fracking ban in Ireland.

l Brian Smyth from the Leitrim Development Company to talk about future funding opportunities; and

l Wayne Frankham, a regular electric bike commuter and Seamus Gibbons, owner of Electric Bike Trails.

The workshops will discuss in more detail the potential to build on what Leitrim already has - capitalising on the strength of its communities and the boreens, quiet roads and existing cycle paths that could become part of a comprehensive network that could enable more people to cycle more often.

There will also be two inspirational tales of epic adventures - the story of a Leitrim couple’s leisurely cycle adventure from Mongolia to Leitrim (, followed  by Breifne Earley, local author, speaker and adventurer who walked in the footsteps of O’Sullivan Beare from Beara in Cork to Breifne in Leitrim (

These talks and workshops are all taking place between 2 and 4.30pm on Saturday September 30, in Beirnes of Battlebridge as part of The Leisurely Hike + Bike Festival Leitrim.

Other activities over the weekend include a Slow Bicycle Race, Dancing at the ‘Crossroads’, bamboo bike displays, bike decorating, Family Flora and Fauna Ramble, leisurely Dawn Walk and Cycle along the canal and a picnic on top of Sheemore. Check out the website for more details: Hike & Bike Festival.

The programme of events for the first Leitrim Hike & Bike Festival this weekend