Carrigallen Summer Festival

The 15th Annual Carrigallen Summer Festival takes place this weekend Saturday 4th to Monday, August 6th in what promises to be one of the most exciting events taking place in the region this Summer.

The 15th Annual Carrigallen Summer Festival takes place this weekend Saturday 4th to Monday, August 6th in what promises to be one of the most exciting events taking place in the region this Summer.

There’s plenty to do for all the family from fishing competitions to barbeques to great live bands and even a Carrigallen style ‘Mardi Gras’. It all kicks off on Saturday morning at 10am, with a fishing competition at Callough’s Lake before the Barry McIntyre Memorial Under 8s and Under 10s football match takes place at the GAA Grounds.

Star of Sky TV’s ‘MoonBoy’ and local man David Rawle will officially open the festival at 7pm and this will be followed by a monster street fancy dress competition with e250 worth of prizes up for grabs. Pat McManus and his band will then round off the opening night, taking to the stage in the Festival Marquee at midnight. Admission to the gig is just e10.

Sunday sees a car boot sale take place at the School Field at midday before a Family Field Day takes centre stage at 1pm, admission is just e5 per person or e10 for a family. This event features a farmer’s market, arts and crafts demonstration, field barbeque, ice cream vans and bouncy castles. Mr Carrigallen 2012 will then be crowned at 8pm at the Street Rig Gig, before Nite Fever finish off the night in musical fashion at midnight as they take to the stage at the Marquee.

Bank Holiday Monday, the final day of the festival kicks off with another football tournament featuring Carrigallen U10s and U12s at the GAA grounds before a car treasure hunt begins at 2.30pm. Be in with a chance of winning e300 at the ‘A Load Of Balls’ race which starts at 5.30pm. The weekend will be rounded off a the Kilbracken Arms Hotel with a Festival Barbeque.

Several Fringe Events will take place around the week of the festival. A few highlights include a ‘Carrigallen Now And Then’ photo exhibition at Carrigallen Library which runs from today Wednesday, August 1st to Wednesday, August 15th and a FIFA XBOX 2012 Championship on the big screen in The Corn Mill Theatre on Saturday, August 4th. Carrigallen’s very own ‘Mardi Gras’ also takes place in the Theatre with a marquee at the Mill Wheel and an open mike style busking and jamming session with a number of acts across a wide variety of genres including Trad, Rock, Bluegrass and Jazz.