My first time and it was brilliant. From the moment I arrived I was made to feel absolutely at home.
The prices in the town were fair. The welcome was great.
A wave and a nod from strangers is always welcome and puts a warm feeling in you.
I enjoyed it all, rain, muck, crashing, cramps and sleeping in a tent.
I sat in a cafe a few days later trying to explain to some friends what it was like but gave up after a while. If you weren’t there you can’t describe it.
I want to go and do it again.
I had a great time and really enjoyed the event. Well worth the effort of getting "over the water"
We were made to feel welcome from the off and we stayed over Sunday night as well.
Great event. Hope to be back next year. Cheers
I'd like to thank you all for a great weekend. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Ye all deserve a big pat on the back!
Thanks again for a great weekend and looking forward to next year already
Thanks again team Paddy Dakar for another great event and weekend, it really is the highlight of the year from a motorbike point of view!
Lads, I can’t express how much I enjoy this event. I meet friends I have made there each year, everyone is friendly and has a good attitude, I even sold a bike there!
The Paddy Dakar is an Orienteering on Motorbikes charity event that takes place in and around Slieve Feilem & the Galtee Montains which straddle counties Limerick and Tipperary. The Paddy Dakar is run to raise funds for local and national charities, but more significantly- the sheer fun of it!
It is held as a tribute to Dakar Riders past and present who by their participation have demonstrated themselves to be the pinnacle of Off-Road endurance riding.
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, it's also the most dangerous with 48 deaths since its inception in 1978.
The Paddy Dakar is a weekend event and 2018 will be the ninth time the event has been run. The course is aimed at people who ride adventure bikes and who may not have been in any kind of competition in the past, or do not have any Off-Road experience. Riders taking part require their own insurance and do so at their own risk. In short its going to be orienteering on motorbikes but on Off-Road conditions with Road Rubber.
Riders who take part in the Paddy Dakar will meet on the night prior to the main event for a briefing on the rules, regulations and course layout. Entrants must be riding road legal machines with accompanying documentation, such as Road Tax, Ownership and Insurance. The Paddy Dakar is not a Time-Trial.
Riders must be part of a minimum two person team. Each team is invited to take part in the night stage which follows the same system as Saturday's run. Each team will be given a course raider with GPS confirmed grid reference coordinates, a hint as to the actual location of the marker and a detailed ordinance survey map of the area. Each point will be marked, where upon reaching the point teams take note of the mark and continue to the next point.
The course typically covers about 200 Kms mainly on minor-rural roads and off road trails. All sections of the course can be covered with standard Adventure Bike / Dual Sport tyres. (The Cub 90's with knobblies is a story for another page).
On completion of the course, riders make their way back to the community centre in Doon where they enjoy their hot meal, followed by a prize giving as well as bar, band and general banter.
Camping and accommodation options are available and can be organised for riders on request.
The Paddy happens at the end of September each year so go ahead and mark the calendars.
We look forward to welcoming you all soon.
In the mean time,
Tóg go bog é,