Camross High Nellie’s gala day

It will be a short bike ride, back in time on Sunday, May 13 for the Camross High Nellie Club who are staging their first gala day.

It will be a short bike ride, back in time on Sunday, May 13 for the Camross High Nellie Club who are staging their first gala day.

The organisers hope to have in excess of 100 appropriately dressed High Nellie cyclists converging on their beautiful village to set a scene not seen before. It will be a day to remember with people of today cycling the main mode of transport of years ago, possibly the only mode of getting from A to B.

Members of all the High Nellie Clubs around the area have been invited to take part, and this will contribute to a variety of different costumes worn by the other clubs. On the day there will be numerous vintage cars and tractors on view also to add entertainment for all who attend.

A fun route of approximately nine miles around, taking in some of the lovely quiet and scenic roads surrounding the area, has been planned.

The event is also a fundraiser to assist some of the local talented young dancers who are travelling to Orlando this July with the Gabriel Lynam School of Dancing to participate in the Celtic Festival.

Registration will be in Bergins pub from 12.30 and the fun run will get underway at 1.30pm sharp. Participants should allow time for registration and to prepare for the cycle. Parking is provided. During the route the riders will stop off at Sheerans Pub of Coolrain which is steeped in history and return to Bergins in the village for a display of dancing in the street, weather permitting. There will be music at 5pm with Martin Delaney, and refreshments will be provided on the day.

The fee is €10 per entry and is limited to over sixteens for safety purposes. There is a raffle for all the cyclists and loads of spot prizes to be won.