After libations, deliberations & hard work, our Welsh Off-Road Brethren have organised
With the message of fun, mud and friendship for all, The Taffy Dakar is a Motorcycling Orienteering Exercise to raise money for the local community elected charities. It is marshalled and organised by the
Taking Place on Bank Holiday Weekend Friday May 3rd - Monday 6th May 2013, this promises to be a fantastic event for all who attend.
Not forgetting to mention being the best way to see the stunning scenery and take in the beauty of South Wales.
The Welsh contingent of the 2012 Paddy Dakar proved themselves not only to be more than capable in the Motorcycle skills department, but perhaps more importantly they grasped the spirit of the Paddy Dakar with both hands and they may just have started off a new trend in Off Roading
For those of you interested in hearing some more, checkout the Podcast on Slimbos & Graveys Enduro and Adventure Show on
Welwn ni chi yno. Ride ddiogel.
THE PADDY DAKAR 2012. WHAT A GREAT EVENT IT WAS SEPTEMBER 21st 2012
This year the Paddy Dakar truly found it’s tyres, by the participation of people from all over the world, some traveling from Northern Ireland, Wales, England and Scotland to take part, making the event truly international.
As usual, it all started on Friday (OK Thursday for some early birds) when we all met in Moore’s and went through the Regulations and Maps. Saturday saw a bright and early start. After being fed and watered in the Doon GAA hall, we all set off in small groups of between 2 and 4, looking for obscure markings located at 22 grid reference points. After about 150Klms riders returned back to Doon where an evening of fun was had by all.
A Big Thanks to all who took part, helped to organise and sponsored this truly unique event.
Especially to Tossie, Joe, Keith, Jon, Chris, Massimo, and Steve. Not forgetting the Doon Vintage Club, and of course the people of Doon and it surrounds, who showed great support and hospitality to all the riders who took part. Also, the Management and Staff of Moore’s Bar and Doon GAA for putting up with us and affording us all the help that they could.
And to those who made a serious effort by traveling from Northern Ireland, Wales, England and Scotland, We know just how much effort that takes and appreciate the effort lads. Interesting developments too, so watch this space.
If I forgot anybody, I do apologise.
2012 also saw the first Female entrant on the Paddy Dakar, making the event not only truly international, but embracing both men and women. "In the spirit of adventure, open to all riders and carrying a message of friendship between all people", long may it continue.
Work has already begun on organising the Paddy Dakar 2013, so keep an eye on our website for updates as they become available
2012 Photo Gallery now available, CLICK GALLERY
to see what happened, and check out the Video footage to experience the ride.
Charitable donation information to follow shorty.
BELOW ARE THE RESULTS OF THE FIRST THREE TEAM POSITIONS
Full names excluded for your privacy
- 1st Place Team 15 Don & Robert
- 2nd Place Team 22 Mark & Martin
- Joint 3rd Place Team 4 Enrico & Sergio
- Joint 3rd Place Team 10 Gerry & Mat
************ September 2012 *************
SEPTEMBER COMES AROUND QUICK THESE DAYS AND SO DOES THE PADDY DAKAR.
This weekend is set to be a fantastic event. The sky’s are clear and the weather is mild. Please try get to Doon before 8:30, to allow you time to get set up and attend the regulations meeting.
So Ride Safe and PLEASE don’t forget to bring your license and Insurance.Looking forward to meeting you all .
************ August 2012 *************
HERE IS THE PLAN
Once everyone is sorted for camping, riders will venture over to Moore’s Hostelry, usually about 9 P.M.
For people to meet and to go over the regs, maps, ref points, team people up and plot their chosen route.
The following morning from about 8 AM (very ambitious) everyone leaves their bikes in Moore’s yard (Parc Ferme TBC) for inspection.
Breakfast will dished up in Doon GAA club, once fed and watered riders depart in small groups of 2/3 at intervals decided on by the chief marshal.
Everyone is usually back by between 4-6 P.M., then its BBQ, Band and Prizes.
Sunday is recovery day, there should be all sorts of family stuff on with the Doon Vintage show, most people head off on Sunday after Lunch.
It’s a good idea to bring a few basic tools, spare tubes and a pump are good idea too !, just in case.
AND REMEMBER TO CARRY YOUR ROAD INSURENCE AND LICENSE WITH YOU.
************ May 2012 *************
PADDY DAKAR 2012 DATE CHANGE
As some of you may already know, we experienced some difficulty with planning this years event. Thankfully these problems have been resolved and we are glad to confirm THE PADDY DAKAR 2012 is going ahead.
There is one change to the original plan and that is that the event will be held a week earlier than planned. This years event will take place on Saturday 22nd of September.
************ Jan 2012 *************
A MESSAGE FROM DOON COMMUNITY COUNCIL
Doon Community Council
Doon Community Centre
Doon Co. Limerick
20th January 2012
The Paddy Dakar
C/O Jon Blackmore
Doon Co Limerick
To whom it concerns
Doon community council wish to take the opportunity to express its deepest appreciation for your generous donation in support for the new Community Centre playground which is planned to open shortly
The playground will serve as a very valuable amenity for the children of the Parish of Doon and will be a legacy to the hard work & contributions from the community.
Your personal commitment was incredibly helpful and allowed us to reach our goal.
Your assistance means so much to our local community. Thank you from all of us.
Doon Community Council
THE PADDY DAKAR 2011 WAS A ROARING SUCCESS 26/09/2011
The Paddy Dakar 2011 took place on the 23rd 24th and 25th of September 2011 Start/Finish was the welcoming town of Doon Co. Limerick, over a fantastic course of about 130Km taking riders over the Silvermines Mountains and through some of Irelands most beautiful and scenic (Not to mention muddy) locations. Taking in Keeper Hill, The Slieve Felim Way the surrounds of Cappagh White, to mention just a few. By all accounts it was rip roaring success and a great weekend of off-road fun was had by all riders Thankfully Mother Nature was kind to us by providing the perfect weather for the event (again) and all riders made it home without injury. Ok maybe a few very minor cuts and grazes, and the odd new beauty mark some dented pride, oh yeah and one cut tyre A big thanks to all our supporters, sponsors, helpers & of course the Riders who took part, without you it could never happen.
Thanks to Kildare 4x4 for photos of the Vintage Rally in Doon Co. Limerick 2009. Just a taste of some of the other activities for all the family on this fun weekend. Irish Rovers Vintage Rally 2009 Doon Co. Limerick
************ December 2010 *************
Thanks to Greg Cadogan we have a Web Site up and running, thanks from me Greg and from Tossie, Keith, Joe,Liam,Robert, Mark, Jim Savage!!. I'd also like to thank Adam Kelly who did the logo and the poster for the 2010. We didn’t get to meet Adam and thank him ourselves but if your reading this Adam thanks for the time and effort man. Chrish at www.xrvireland.org for letting us "kind-of" move in with him for the months leading up to the event and the weeks after in 2010, we had no where else to base our selves and Chrish facilitated us on his web site so thanks man. I'd also like to thank all the guys from the Irish Vintage Club here in Doon. Brian, Shamus, Martin, Liam, Jock, and the event organisers and the people of Doon. We want to thank Alan Yeats and Michael Martyn for getting some tee shirts made and posted out the ones ye sent me I gave to the boys and they were delighted and send their thanks. And finally I'd like to thank Philip Noone and Barry Cahill real Dakar Raider for coming down and getting us off the ground , fair play Phil. But the last thanks goes out to you the riders. The lads
A MESSAGE FROM DOWN SYNDROME IRELAND
On behalf of Down Syndrome Ireland, our members and their families, I would like to say a massive thank you to the organisers & participants of the inaugural 'Paddy Dakar'. In these tough economic times it's not easy to raise funds so all donations are gladly and most gratefully received. Personally as a parent to a five year old daughter (Robyn), I am most grateful for your efforts too. Thanks once again for your efforts on behalf of DSI, and we wish the Paddy Dakar every success in the future. Aidan. Down Syndrome Ireland Oct 14, 2010
WHAT IS THE PADDY DAKAR ?
Orienteering on Motorbikes And a tribute to Irish Dakar Riders past and present . The Dakar (Formerly The Paris Dakar) is the last rally of its kind in the world and Ireland has had 4 riders finish the Rally, its also the most dangerous with 48 deaths since its inception in 1978. The Paddy Dakar is a weekend event and 2011 will be the second time it has been run , you're welcome to come down as I could do with a hand. The course is aimed at people who ride adventure bikes and who have not been in any kind of competition. In short its going to be orienteering on motorbikes but on off road conditions with road rubber