Tourism Boost as Youghal ‘Lights Up’ for 28th International ‘Goldwing Treffen’ Gathering

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Youghal’s Tourism Industry received a welcome boost over the weekend (16th – 18th August 2012) as over 400 Gold wing motorbikes from over 23 countries including the UK, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia and Bulgaria for the 28th International Goldwing Treffen (Gathering). Goldwing motorcycles are considered to be the ultimate in touring motorcycle.

Honda Goldwings participating in the parade of Nations during the 28th annual Irish Goldwing Treffen in Youghal. Picture: John Hennessy

Honda Goldwings participating in the parade of Nations during the 28th annual Irish Goldwing Treffen in Youghal. Picture: John Hennessy

Capitalising on the influx of visitors the event would inevitably bring to the town, local man Paddy Crowley; himself a Gold wing owner along with representatives of Youghal Chamber of Tourism & Development organised a series of events to celebrate the bikers’ inaugural visit to the town.
Speaking about the weekend, Youghal Chamber Director Seamus Curran stated: “It was a great honour that the Goldwing Owners Club of Ireland selected Youghal as their location for the 28th International Treffen. This was mainly due to the hard work of local man Paddy Crowley. The ‘Treffen’ – as it has become known locally, was a timely boost to Youghal’s Tourism industry. All of the accommodation in the area completely booked out. Restaurants, shops and bars also benefited greatly having such a large number of visitors here. We are looking forward already to welcoming them all back again in the future.”

Norma Flavin and Liam Farrell, both from Youghal, with Suzy Finn, Iarfhlaith Farrell and Mark Arnold, all from Glanmire, at the 28th annual Irish Goldwing Treffen in Youghal. Picture: John Hennessy

Norma Flavin and Liam Farrell, both from Youghal, with Suzy Finn, Iarfhlaith Farrell and Mark Arnold, all from Glanmire, at the 28th annual Irish Goldwing Treffen in Youghal. Picture: John Hennessy

After a couple of wet and windy days the rain finally cleared on Friday night with large crowds lining the streets to watch the motorcycles take to the streets of Youghal for a ‘Parade of Lights’. Spectators saw various styles of luxurious ‘Gold wings’ light up the town with a most amazing display of lights on show.

The Honda Goldwings in a parade of light during the 28th annual Irish Goldwing Treffen in Youghal. Picture: John Hennessy

The Honda Goldwings in a parade of light during the 28th annual Irish Goldwing Treffen in Youghal. Picture: John Hennessy

Saturday brought an action-packed day, with the sun shining from early morning, and hundreds of people sampling the culinary delights that were on offer at the ‘Food of Nations’ and craft market. However, the major event of Saturday was the ‘Parade of Flags of Nations’ where spectators were able to catch a glimpse of the amazing sight of over 400 Gold wing motorbikes each flying their own nations flags. The bikes then parked up for a couple of hours in Nealon’s Quay Car Park where biking enthusiasts had the opportunity to get a close up look at these amazing bikes.
Other events included a sandcastle and crab catching competition, street music with local band Jaded and Bobby Lee & friends, face painting and rodeo bull, bouncy castles, with even Mickey and Minnie Mouse making it a real family day out and joining in the fun.

Paddy Crowley, Youghal and main Treffen organizer, with Seamus Curran, Proprietor of The Quays Bar, at the 28th annual Irish Goldwing Treffen in Youghal. Picture: John Hennessy

Paddy Crowley, Youghal and main Treffen organizer, with Seamus Curran, Proprietor of The Quays Bar, at the 28th annual Irish Goldwing Treffen in Youghal. Picture: John Hennessy

The bikers and spectators were treated to some great entertainment themselves for the afternoon with some street music from the ‘Red Bull Dodge Truck’, a joint air sea rescue display with the Irish Coast Guard Helicopter and the Youghal lifeboat. A number of the bikers then put their skills to the test and took part in a ‘Puc Fada’ to sea, with some of the bikers seen taking a ‘hurley holding’ lesson before the contest!
Events concluded with a formal gala dinner and presentations in Youghal GAA Club on Saturday evening, 18th August. The venue played host to many of the motorcyclists over the weekend.

The Honda Goldwings in a parade of light during the 28th annual Irish Goldwing Treffen in Youghal. Picture: John Hennessy

The Honda Goldwings in a parade of light during the 28th annual Irish Goldwing Treffen in Youghal. Picture: John Hennessy

Rescue 117;John Collicutt, Captain, Dara Fitzpatrick, Co. Pilot, John Manning, Winch Operator, and Richie Desay, Winchman, with Youghal Lifeboat, David Slattery, Helmsman, Ellen Danagher and Erik Brooks, carry out a training exercise during the 28th annual Irish Goldwing Treffen in Youghal. Picture: John Hennessy

Rescue 117;John Collicutt, Captain, Dara Fitzpatrick, Co. Pilot, John Manning, Winch Operator, and Richie Desay, Winchman, with Youghal Lifeboat, David Slattery, Helmsman, Ellen Danagher and Erik Brooks, carry out a training exercise during the 28th annual Irish Goldwing Treffen in Youghal. Picture: John Hennessy

Danny McSorley, Antrim, giving Cllr. Michelle Hennessy, Mayor of Youghal, a spin on his 2002 Honda Goldwing 1800, at the 28th annual Irish Goldwing Treffen in Youghal. Picture: John Hennessy

Danny McSorley, Antrim, giving Cllr. Michelle Hennessy, Mayor of Youghal, a spin on his 2002 Honda Goldwing 1800, at the 28th annual Irish Goldwing Treffen in Youghal. Picture: John Hennessy

The Honda Goldwings in a parade of light during the 28th annual Irish Goldwing Treffen in Youghal. Picture: John Hennessy

The Honda Goldwings in a parade of light during the 28th annual Irish Goldwing Treffen in Youghal. Picture: John Hennessy

Joss Mansfield with Gary and Catherine Hogan, all from Youghal, at the 28th annual Irish Goldwing Treffen in Youghal. Picture: John Hennessy

Joss Mansfield with Gary and Catherine Hogan, all from Youghal, at the 28th annual Irish Goldwing Treffen in Youghal. Picture: John Hennessy

Declan, trying out the bungee run during the 28th annual Irish Goldwing Treffen in Youghal. Picture: John Hennessy

Declan, trying out the bungee run during the 28th annual Irish Goldwing Treffen in Youghal. Picture: John Hennessy

Youghal Lifeboat, Patricia Jennings, with her crew, Ellen Danagher, Erik Brooks and David Slattery, at the 28th annual Irish Goldwing Treffen in Youghal. Picture: John Hennessy

Youghal Lifeboat, Patricia Jennings, with her crew, Ellen Danagher, Erik Brooks and David Slattery, at the 28th annual Irish Goldwing Treffen in Youghal. Picture: John Hennessy

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  1. Unaccustomed to making such posts, I felt compelled to click the “Comments” tab and write the following.

    As a member of Munster Wings, Goldwing Owners Club of Ireland, I was fortunate to be asked to perform my duties, as one of the Marshals on the Scenic runs. It is this capacity that I would like to thank the Garda Siochana for all their help and assistance in making our runs a trouble/accident free resounding success. Not to mention our gratitude for allowing us to use our blue lights, sirens & two-tone horns.
    Now having said that, it wouldn’t be fair of me, not to thank and complement all the others who put so much into the event. Those behind the scenes, Paddy Crowley and his wife Mary (Events Organisers) and his merry bunch of Cork volunteers.
    A big “thank you” also goes to the Town Council for their assistance and reception, not forgetting their staff who diligently kept the Quay’s car park free for us.
    To our Sponsors who dipped into their pockets to place ads in our Programme of Events……thank you very much.

    Although at the beginning of the year, the Irish Goldwing Club nominated the RNLI as our charity, I can’t see how we’ve ever donated enough to money, to even pay for the fuel for SAR117 (helicopter).
    To them and the local Volunteers, I salute you.
    Regards,
    Brian Barton

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  2. To all you lovely people of Youghal, this is a link to the Irish Goldwing Club Forum.
    I think it speaks for itself :-)

    Regards,
    Brian Barton

  3. The welcome from the Irish was as warm as ever, Youghal was a nice area for a meeting (Treffen), everybody was friendly, supportive and above all seemed pleased to see us.

    I’d be bringing my crowd back again, Loved it,

  4. A few words of gratitude and appreciation to the good folks of Youghal for allowing us “boys with toys” , i.e. Goldwings, to invade your lovely town last weekend. We do this every summer, and weather notwithstanding, Youghal sure put on a big welcome for us. The friendly faces everywhere, and the warm welcome, were much appreciated. A personal thanks to the staff of The Old Imperial, who were so friendly and attentive, what a lovely asset to the town, we will be back!
    So, next time you spot a Goldwing, be sure to wave…thanks again.

  5. Dear Townsfolk of Youghal,
    As dedicated follower of Goldwing Treffens in Europe, over the last 30+ years, I’ve attended more than 100.
    Although I’ve only attended 4 in Ireland, the host townsfolk have always interacted with us and shown the best hospitality, superseding that, of every other European Country.
    Knowing that all Irish biker clubs are heavily involved in charities, could well be the reason bikers are well liked by all, including motorists.
    To see motorists stuck in traffic jams because of us, waving their hands and not honking their horns in temper, is a sheer delight to behold.

    Further, I would like to echo what Brian Barton wrote and add the GAA to that list.
    As an old amateur sportsman, I would like to thank all of the Club’s Committee & staff for the wonderful help and assistance they gave us throughout our stay. To the members who were denied their facilities, thank you for being so tolerant.
    With smiles on everyone’s faces, I left Youghal with the words echoing in my ears: “Y’all come back now, d’ya hear?”
    Yes, ya can bet ya sweet a** I’ll be back!!!………………Jez

  6. Eugene Kennedy on

    I am a member of GWOCNI and would like to thank the Irish wingers for a superb weekend and especially a big thankyou to the warm welcome from the people of Youghal!!.
    Look forward to the next time.