National Bike Week 2016 takes place from June 11th -19th this year and as usual will be promoting cycling in Ireland. However this year differs slightly with an effort to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising.
South Dublin County Council, in partnership with Dublin City Council, is holding a very special commemorative cycle from the Pearse Museum in St. Enda’s Park, Rathfarnham to Eamon Ceannt Park in Crumlin. The cycle will mark the role that the bicycle played in the Rising as volunteers left what was Scoil Eanna on the morning of Easter Monday and made their way by bike into the city centre to participate in the rebellion.
The 1916 Commemoration Cycle will take place on Sunday June 19th at 11.30am, preceded by a free tour of the museum and a talk by the museum curator. At the finish at Eamon Ceannt Park/ Sundrive Park there will also be a brief talk about the role of Eamon Ceannt and Joseph Plunkett, who’s family had an estate where volunteers trained at nearby Larkfield.
The cycle is free of charge and at approximately 5km in length (10km return), it will be a leisurely cycle ideally suited to all levels of participants.