Over €21,000 Raised For Irish Guide Dogs For The Blind At Bikefest In Killarney

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OVER 50,000 visitors passed through the purpose-built Bike Village at The Gleneagle Hotel over the June bank holiday weekend during Ireland BikeFest, making the 16th year of the festival the biggest yet.

The charity aspect to the weekend was also greatly supported with over €21,000 raised for the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind through donations and a raffle for a Harley Davidson.

“Thank you to the big-hearted bikers and aspiring bikers who bought raffle tickets and made donations to support our work,” said Chris Bennett, Regional Development Officer with Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.

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“We raised over €21,000 which will go towards the training of our incredible dogs. Thank you also to our dedicated volunteers and the festival organisers for your support,” he added.

Joy Quinn from county Galway was the lucky winner of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind raffle to win a Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883C PRL.

Visitors travelled from as far afield as South Africa and the US as well as from right across the UK and mainland Europe to the event.

“We are delighted to report that Ireland BikeFest 2024 was a resounding success,” said Shane O’Driscoll, Festival Director of Ireland BikeFest. “It contributed to a bumper weekend for the whole of Kerry and further afield.”

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