Friday 22nd June

Overlooking Llanganuco Lake in Peru - Photo by William Bennett (1)

Overlooking Llanganuco Lake in Peru – Photo by William Bennett


The Glens Centre


We will have two speakers on the night:

Twenty-eight year old Limerick adventurer, William Bennett, recently home from his around the world cycle will be presenting a talk on his journey. Over the last three years, William has cycled over 58,000 kilometres across five continents, traversing the length of Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and Africa solely by bicycle. He will detail his fifty-eight country journey, explaining the exhilarating highs and crushing lows of such an adventure and why, after this journey, he now holds an overwhelmingly positive view of the world.

Mary Russell is a Dublin-based writer. Her first book was about women travellers  and explorers, The Blessings of a Good Thick Skirt, and included a section on early cyclists including one woman who, riding her brakeless bike down a steep mountain track, tied a branch of a tree to the back of it to slow her descent. Mary’s most recent book, My Home is Your Home, is an account of her travels round Syria, on foot and by bike, in the period leading up to the war. It was a fascinating  journey when she experienced a degree of hospitality which would leave Ireland of the welcomes standing. Even the lumpy beds and the schools inspector who wanted to share his pornographic movies with her failed to diminish her appreciation of this historic country and its peoples.

This is a FREE EVENT but booking is advised to save a seat.


There will be free camping available in Manorhamilton on Friday. Email to book a spot in the campsite.