It was christened the Tour de Durrow by organiser of last weekend’s Guinness World Record attempt, Bob Campion, of the Durrow High Nelly Club.
347 enthusiasts converged on the small town to set a first record for the largest gathering of High Nelly cyclists last Sunday, October 16. As a result Durrow was lifted out of recession blues for the weekend, with every hotel room and B&B welcoming visitors from as far as the Aran Islands, Cork, Connemara and Wexford.
Events began on Saturday, with a practice 12 mile cycle to Abbeyleix and back, followed by a barbecue with bluegrass music played on the historic bridge late into the night, while set dancing and singsongs went on in Bob’s Bar.
On Sunday, the weather obliged nicely, with the sun beating down as 82 year old Vintage Club member Paddy Ryan led the cyclists on their official Guinness World Record attempt. All decked out in vintage costume of housecoats, braces and caps, they arrived to huge crowds in Abbeyleix… [Read More]
Leinster Express Newspaper – October 21st 2011.