Ballymahon Bikers aiming to hit top gear

For a relatively new addition to the local scene, Ballymahon Bikers Motorcycle Club couldn’t be in better shape.

For a relatively new addition to the local scene, Ballymahon Bikers Motorcycle Club couldn’t be in better shape.

Instigated at the beshest of no more than a few keen observers of the sport back in January 2011, the organisation is one of the south Longford town’s best kept secrets.

With approximately 18 members to its name, the club last year managed to raise in the region of €10,000 thanks to a series of charity jaunts and philanthropist events.

“A few of us just got together on one occasion and decided that it might be a good idea to do something like this,” recalled the club’s incumbent secretary Mark Samuel.

After carrying out official registration procedures and other regulations normally associated with clubs and associations, the next task was to set about raising public awareness.

From its Sunday morning base of local firm, Egan Tyres, organisers acheived just that by hosting a range of excursions to various locations across the midlands.

“We would do about 60 to 70 miles before heading back for refreshments,” continued Mark, revealing the club now had its very own Facebook page. “It’s very relaxed and good fun.”

Enjoyment aside, the club has also raised more than a few eyebrows with its ability to raise crucial funds for a range of worthwhile charities.

Last year, it staged biking fundraisers for Society of St Vincent De Paul (SVP), Brainwave Epilepsy Ireland and M&K Longford Hospice among others.

“We had great success with those and it’s something that we will be doing again this year,” added Mark, revealing the focus for the time being was to instil a greater sense of understanding and consciousness about the everyday workings of the south Longford association.