On yer bike!

Enjoying the Bikes and Beats event at the Iúr Cinn Fleadh. Photograph: Columba O’Hare/ Newry.ie

It used to be cruel. Now it’s cool to say ‘on yer bike’ – in the nicest possible way – especially when it means joining the Fleadh‘s Bikes And Beats On The Street!


After a successful launch last year, once again the Fleadh will be hitting the streets of Newry for everyone who loves getting out on their bike – to boogie.

Get yourselves down to the entrance to the Greenway. Join us there for a fun lap of the city with Irish rapper and DJ Cú Chulainn leading the way while belting out the tunes.

One of our very own committee members, the extremely sporty journo Columba O’Hare, remembers the 2022 launch of this unusual event. ‘Bikes And Beats was so much fun last year,’ Columba recalled.

‘For an hour it gave us the chance to reclaim the streets of Newry for cyclists of all ages. As we biked along to the vibes from DJ Cú Chulainn and the smiles from onlookers, for a brief instant it seemed anything was possible for us two-wheelers in our city. So looking forward to an even bigger crowd this year.’


Bikes And Beats brought the whole community together last year in what was an ‘unforgettable’ cycle ride around the city. ‘The Ibiza beats were pumping, MC Cú Chulainn was getting the budding cyclists going with rave chants and cheers,’ said Columba.

‘Everyone was having a laugh, meeting new people and – most importantly – getting out of the house to clear their heads. Even the PSNI were shouting “Oggi Oggi Oggi? Oi! Oi! Oi!”‘

Make sure Columba doesn’t become The Lone Rider of Newry – join him and many others for what promises to be a mighty mobile memory (Photo of last year’s event by Columba O’Hare). Sunday 27 August | 3-5pm | Greenway entrance at Albert Basin

Clive Price