Talks + Workshops

More details of the 2018 Festival coming soon.

Read about last years Talks and Workshops here:

Could Leitrim become the cycling capital of Ireland?

Could Leitrim become the cycling capital of Ireland? – this is the question being discussed on Saturday 30th September at the Leisurely Hike + Bike Festival Leitrim. Come and join us for a series of talks and workshops looking at this ambitious vision for the county.

The speakers at the event include:

  • Eileen Gibbons, a member of the Leitrim Recreation Forum, the group who were involved in bringing about the ‘dream project’ – the link between Drumshanbo and Carrick-on-Shannon, which includes the recently opened floating boardwalk on Acres Lake;
  • Rob Doyle, one of the leading members of two successful community groups – SLNCR, which developed the Dromahair Demonstration Greenway and Love Leitrim, which was instrumental in bringing about an on-shore fracking ban in Ireland;
  • Brian Smyth from the Leitrim Development Company to talk about future funding opportunities; and
  • Wayne Frankham, a regular electric bike commuter and Seamus Gibbons, owner of Electric Bike Trails.

Following the talks there will be workshops looking at the potential to build on what Leitrim already has – capitalising on its boreens, quiet roads and existing cycle paths to create a comprehensive network that could enable more people to cycle more often.

There will also be two speakers with tales of epic adventures – the story of a Leitrim couple’s leisurely cycle adventure from Mongolia to Leitrim (, followed  by Breifne Earley, local author, speaker and adventurer who walked in the footsteps of O’Sullivan Beare from Beara in Cork to Breifne in Leitrim (

These talks + workshops are all taking place between 2 and 4.30pm on Saturday 30th September in Beirnes of Battlebridge.