Clear your calendar for next year, because 2013 is going to be 12 months of epic celebration in Carrick-on-Shannon.
The county town is preparing to celebrate 400 years in existence and if the number of ideas, along with the level of enthusiasm and excitement is anything to go by – you will not want to miss a thing!
At an open meeting last week President of Carrick Chamber of Commerce Gerry Faughnan and Director of Services Joseph Gilhooley outlined some of the progress being made on the celebrations.
Carrick 400 will launch it’s publicity campaign in June this year and hopes to attract a large number of national and international visitors to the area.
The 400 celebrations are expected to begin on St Patrick’s Day and continue for the rest of the year with a big event each month supported by a number of satellite events.
The county town is going to build on the success of it’s already popular events such as the Head of the Shannon, John McGahern Summer School, Shannon Boat Rally, Water Music Festival, Sessions by the Shannon, etc
To this mix the town has the privilege to host the Connacht Fleadh 2013 and will also provide a great venue for the Connacht Finals of the Community Games. These two events alone will bring thousands of new visitors to the town.
Add to those the possibility of a Famine Commemoration, the return of the Leitrim Roots Festival and a new Twin Traditions cross border initiative.
The 400 committee are also considering a Leitrim Equation concert, a number of sporting events, an attempt at a world record, a literary festival, as well as Christmas markets and much more!
Carrick will also debut a specifically commissioned piece of music to coincide with other pieces of dramas and music being prepared for the town.
There was some debate over whether they should launch a new website (carrickonshannon400.ie) or build on the successful mycarrick.ie website and add a new 400 page.
Can Carrick hold a Summer Festival on the scale of Ballinamore’s week long event? Was the council using the best resources to promote the county?
Also with weekends already busy in Carrick, should more events be moved to mid week to accommodate new visitors?
Best suggestion of the night: Can we put a roof over Carrick?