Crowds flock to create memorable Carrick Carnival

Pictured are some of the participants who helped ensure Carrick-on-Shannon entered the record books on Sunday evening last as part of Carrick Carnival. In total 1,715 people took part in the world's biggest 'Rock the Boat' smashing the previous record.
Fireworks, a world record rock-the-boat and any amount of street entertainment resulted in a weekend that was deemed to be a tremendous success. President of Carrick Chamber, Gerry Faughnan said, “We have been very pleased with the feedback. One business man said he hadn’t seen as many people in the town in 25 years.”

Fireworks, a world record rock-the-boat and any amount of street entertainment resulted in a weekend that was deemed to be a tremendous success. President of Carrick Chamber, Gerry Faughnan said, “We have been very pleased with the feedback. One business man said he hadn’t seen as many people in the town in 25 years.”

The return of the community and arts festival, which continues until June 9, has proved to be one of the highlights of the Carrick 400 year of celebrations to date with Mr Faughnan stressing the importance of providing events that bring people into the town.

“Carrick 400 is keeping Carrick-on-Shannon on the map. Everybody is pulling together to provide a full years calendar of events, especially the world record attempt. The fireworks were excellent and proved to be a huge crowd puller,” said Gerry said last weekend proved to be “very family orientated.”

Giving an indication of how popular Carrick-on-Shannon proved to be last weekend, Gerry said Will Leahy, on his 2FM radio show read out the 40 or hen parties that were taking place last weekend with six or seven of those choosing to have their weekend away in Carrick-on-Shannon. “That’s 15% of the national total,” noted Gerry who added, “What informs your decision on where to go is events and the more you have the better.”

Despite the large crowds that descended on Carrick-on-Shannon for the weekend, Gardai reported the weekend passed by relatively trouble free saying, “There was a huge volume of people around but it was predominantly trouble free.

“It was very well run for the volume of people. There was a very happy atmosphere and those in attendance were very co-operative towards police and stewards.”

Gardai confirmed there were “one or two public order offences” while two people were arrested for drink driving.