Old Creamery Yard festival for Kildorrery set to entertain
This year, the Kildorrery festival is taking a different turn, as the GAA club and community development association have joined forces to create the Old Creamery Yard festival, which will bring with it four days of music, entertainment, unique events, fun games and much more.
Taking place from July 3-6, the festival is building on the success of the night at the dogs, which was also a joint venture between Kildorrery GAA and Kildorrery Community Development Association. All of the events are set to take place in the old creamery yard. This year will mark the first year that the village festival hasn't had a marquee since 1972.
Festival committee member Eamonn McCarthy said that it's great to have the community development association involved in the festival, as their last joint venture was very well supported across the community.
The festivities will begin on Thursday, July 3 with an event for women run by Claire Cullinane, where there will be styling tips, hints on colours and make-up, talks on wardrobe essentials and everything in between. The event starts at 7.30pm and tickets, which include finger food on arrival, are priced at €10.
On Friday, the car park, community office and Thatch & Thyme restaurant will be officially opened at 7pm. This will be followed by music from Footloose, Eistigi and special guest Sean O'Shea from 9pm. Tickets are €7 or €3 for children and all are welcome.
Saturday night will feature music from 9.30pm from Black Rose and DJ Denny - tickets here are €10.
BUSY SUNDAY PLANNED
While on Sunday, there is a full line-up of events with a great family fun day planned and something for everybody.
For those interested in artisan food, local produce and arts and crafts, there will be a trade fair and farmers' market from 1pm until 6pm. There will also be a host of novelty fringe events and games, some of which have been modelled on the popular TV show The Cube. There will be everything from horseshoe throwing and table skittles to guessing amounts, a target shoot out, hurling targets and drive the nail.
Eamonn explained that entry into Sunday's events is free, while those wishing to participate in the games can avail of the great offer of paying just €5 to take part in seven events. All of the events will take place over the course of the day - the person with the best result at the end of the day will receive a prize.
The eight local clubs from the area will also go head to head in a separate competition and throughout the day, there will be a pig on the spit and also a raffle, with some great prizes. Mo O'Connor and Grace McMahon will provide the musical entertainment from 5pm until around 7pm.
Eamonn stressed that there will be a great festival atmosphere in the old creamery yard and across the village while the festival is on. People are urged to come along and enjoy some of the many events that will be happening.
The funds raised from the festival will be divided between the two groups - Kildorrery GAA will be using any money raised to go towards the running of the club, while Kildorrery Community Development Association will be using any money raised towards the cost of the car park and work on the old creamery yard. Looks set to be a great summer in Kildorrery!
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