Get set for the sight of hundreds of Goldwings
THERE will be the sound of thunder in Wexford this week when a 4km-long convoy of 500 mighty Honda Goldwings from throughout Europe takes to the county's roads.
Blackwater-based organiser Ciaran Meyler, who is a member of the Goldwing Owners Club of Ireland, is the co-ordinator of the international Honda Goldwing treffen (gathering of friends) that takes place in the county between tomorrow (Wednesday August 13) and Saturday, August 16.
'This year it is our club's 30th anniversary and we are holding this event at the Ferrybank camping park in Wexford town, where we will be based,' said Ciaran.
'We are expecting over 500 Goldwings from 24 countries across Europe, and although the event is private, the locals will get lots of chances to see the convoy as it passes through their towns.'
Ciaran said each of the motorcycles costs more than €30,000 and all and are bedecked with chrome and extra lighting
The bikes will be going in convoy to the Hook lighthouse on Thursday and then on to Kilmore Quay, arriving at the Hook at 12.30 p.m. and in Kilmore Quay at around 2.30 p.m.
'On Friday we will be travelling to Mount Leinster leaving the Ferrybank at 11 a.m. and travelling via Killurin, Kiltealy, Mount Leinster, then on to Bunclody, Gorey and Courtown.
'We will be stopping in Courtown (on the pier) for an hour from around 2.30 p.m. to give the locals a chance to see the bikes. Then on down the coast road via Kilmuckridge, Blackwater, Curracloe and back into Ferrybank.'
Ciaran said that at 12 noon on Saturday there will be a 'Parade of the Nations,' during which Goldwings from each country will display their national flags as they travel in convoy from Ferrybank down the main street in Wexford as far as the Bull ring then on to the Quays and out to Johnstown castle for a park up for two hours.
On Saturday night, there will be a light parade, leaving Ferrybank at 9 p.m. and travelling via North Main Street tto the Bullring then back across the bridge to Castlebridge, Ballyedmund, Ballycanew and then to Gorey, arriving between 9.30 p.m. and 9.45 p.m.
The last time a similar Goldwing convoy visited Gorey in 2009, thousands of people of all ages turned out to view the spectacle.