Taoiseach joins ‘KimYe’ in visiting the Ballyhouras

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

Keen cyclist, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, visited the Ballyhouras recently
THE MOST powerful man in the country has joined one of the biggest rappers in the world and a global fashionista in enjoying the splendour of the Ballyhouras.

THE MOST powerful man in the country has joined one of the biggest rappers in the world and a global fashionista in enjoying the splendour of the Ballyhouras.

Last May, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian arrived at the popular Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trails during their honeymoon. They went on an outdoor adventure for over three hours in the County Limerick countryside.

Now, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has paid a visit. It is understood the Mayo man came down on Monday with a group from Westport and they were to climb the Galtees on Tuesday.

Mr Kenny, who is a keen cyclist and walker, was spotted on the trails on Tuesday morning.

Tom Blackburn, recreation officer with Ballyhoura Failte. said the Taoiseach was more than welcome. “It is nice that he appreciates this beautiful part of our country instead of heading to foreign shores. As an avid cyclist we look forward to seeing him on the Ballyhoura cycle trails, to take full advantage of his time in the Ballyhoura area,” said Tom, who reports that there has been an increase in visitors since Kanye and Kim’s honeymoon made headlines all over the world.

“The facilities that we have are second to none,” said Tom.

Ballyhoura Active are always thinking of new ideas to complement the mountain bike and walking trails. They moved the Ballyhoura Trim Trail from the top of the mountain to a new location near Ardpatrick

“It was a hidden gem up there. More people are using it with the longer evenings and we hope that clubs will come too,” said Tom. They have also created a family friendly walk. “If you wanted to do some cycling on a lovely day and brought your wife and children the small ones couldn’t really go cycling on the long trails. We wanted to find an activity for the whole family so we set up a nature trail off the side of the car park at the cycle centre. There are 19 different animals to be seen,” said Tom.

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