Munster mad dad and son’s epic motorbike ride from Limerick to Bordeaux 

Donal O'Regan


Donal O'Regan

Mary Rowan, Don Grimes, Chris O’Brien and Mike, Calum and Brendan Condon

Mary Rowan, Don Grimes, Chris O’Brien and Mike, Calum and Brendan Condon

IT WAS A CASE of ‘Va Va Vroom’ for a group of local bikers, who rode all the way to the south of France for the Munster match.

Mary Rowan, Corbally; Don Grimes, South Circular Road; Chris O’Brien, Nenagh; Brendan Condon, Pallasgreen, and his 11-year-old son Calum were all Bordeaux bound.

Brendan said they left the High Nelly cafe bar in Pallasgreen at around 3pm on Friday afternoon.

“We headed for Rosslare and got the ferry at 9pm. We got into Cherbourg at 4.30pm on Saturday afternoon. We got as far as far as Nantes at 11.30pm on Saturday night. We stayed with a Monaghan man who owns a farm there,” said Brendan.

On Sunday morning, they headed for Bordeaux. After a three-hour spin they arrived two hours before the clash with Racing 92.

“We parked the bikes nearly at the gates of the stadium! There were lot of bikes belonging to the Racing 92 fans so we followed them,” said Brendan.

There was definitely nothing illegal about where they left their bikes or need for French fixed charge penalty notices to be issued as Brendan is a garda. They are all members of the Blue Knights – the Irish chapter of the law enforcement motorcycle club.

The match didn’t go their way but Brendan said it was still a “brilliant atmosphere”.

It was Calum’s first long bike ride and he agrees that his dad is the “coolest in the world” for bringing him to Bordeaux. It wasn’t all fun and games as on the way back they visited World War II sites in Normandy including the American cemetery going and the Airborne Museum, situated in the square of Sainte-Mere-Eglise.

“Calum attends Gaelscoil Chaladh an Treoigh. He told them he would do a project on World War II. We’re having a great time,” said Brendan.

Calum said that he “really enjoyed the bike ride” to France and has lots of stories to tell his friends on his return to school.

They got the ferry back on Tuesday at 8pm after the trip of a lifetime – apart from the result of course.