Visitors to Donegal Town last Friday might have been forgiven if they had have assumed (Wrongfully) that a large convention of “Hell’s Angels” had hit town.
The Diamond in the centre of the town was crowded with burly big men, many of them bearded and all clad in heavy leathers along with some of the most powerful two wheeled machines in the country.
One local remarked, “God, I wouldn’t like to meet this lot on a dark night” but noting could be further from the truth. These were the gentle giants of our roads and all brought together by one Donegal Man on a fundraising cycle to raise money for Cancer Care in Waterford.
Marc O’Neill, the son of retired school teachers Bert and Frances O’Neill is very conscious of the problems caused by Cancer throughout the country and in co - operation with local lads Martin McGowan and Gerry Cox of the Reveller Bar invited the lads to start their journey in Donegal Town for the long trip to Waterford.
The Mayor of Donegal Town, Tom Conaghan saw of the members of the Harley Davidson Community at the start of their “Boobs and Balls” trip to the city on the Suir.
The lads have been fundraising already for the last few months and hope to raise over €20K for the unit in Waterford.
The bikers were joined in Athlone by more biking enthusiasts and by the time they had crossed the bridge over the Suir on the Quay in Waterford their numbers had swollen to nearly 250 .
A great night’s entertainment was laid on for the tired but satisfied bikers by the Waterford Harley Davidson Dealership.
The Donegal Democrat asked Marc purely out of curiosity why did nearly all bikers have beards - “It has nothing to do with image, it’s a practical thing-we want to keep out the cold!”