How the Giro d’Italia Left its Mark on Cushendall, Co. Antrim

The Giro d’Italia came to Ireland this summer, and you can still traceĀ its path through various parts of the country by the way everything was painted pink.

McCollam's Restaurant and Pub went completely pink for the Giro d'Italia, and hung a lot of bicycle wheels on the building for good measure.

McCollam’s Restaurant and Pub went completely pink for the Giro d’Italia, and hung a lot of bicycle wheels on the building for good measure.

The village of Cushendall in Co. Antrim, was every excited about the Giro, and appears to have gone out of their way to get in the appropriate spirit. While other communities made do with a few posters and the odd splash of pink, Cushendall went all out, painting buildings, cars, and bicycles, and hanging pink bunting everywhere.

pink bike

The Glenn Eireann B&B was one of several houses that erected a pink bicycle by the gate.

The Giro went right through town, so almost every store had something pink in the window, if they didn’t repaint themselves entirely.

pink car

The local car wash got in the spirit with this pink car and bicycle combo.

 

The Curfew Tower in the center of Cushendall.

The Curfew Tower in the center of Cushendall can probably consider itself lucky it just had pink bunting to contend with.

Apparently the powers that be are trying to get the Tour de France to come through Ireland in the near future. I suspect a complete change of decor will be on the cards for Cushendall if that comes to pass.

 

Notes

Cushendall is on the trail of Game of Thrones filming locations in Northern Ireland.

 

 

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