Carrigallen Family Summer Festival

Shane Carroll and Seamus O'Rourke in The Quare Land
This August Bank Holiday Weekend, Carrigallen comes alive to the sights and sounds of it’s annual Family Summer Festival.

This August Bank Holiday Weekend, Carrigallen comes alive to the sights and sounds of it’s annual Family Summer Festival.

The focus of the three day event is on family fun, every day the festival brings activities for all ages to enjoy.

The official opening of this year’s 16th festival will be by top Journalist and bestselling author, Paul Williams on Friday August 2 at 8.30pm. The Ballinamore native will open the festival on the open air Gig Rig stage before new band Ril Óg take over. This up and coming band has members from Cavan, Longford and Leitrim. Their folk and traditional music will please many and the event will be seen as a launching pad for this talented bunch who have just come under new management.

Each night the pubs and hotel will provide inhouse entertainment which will allow many revellers to meet and socialise with old and new friends.

Start Saturday off the right way by canoeing in the town lake with Sean Ledwith from 12pm.

For the first time in Carrigallen, young pigs will be racing up and down the Main Street! Place your bets and watch them go from 7.30pm. You will be spoilt for choice Saturday with FREE entertainment by Covenieos. Watch some stilt walking, unicycling, penny farthing, and fire eating. Kids can meet and greet those crazy Madagascar characters - Marty the dancing Zebra and Alex the friendly Lion. Do not miss the magic show or the fancy dress on the street.

From 2-5pm on Sunday, August 4 jump into the Family Fun Day in the school field. Admission on the gate will allow kids of all ages to take part in the Princess Carriage Bounce & Slide, JCB Bounce & Slide, Touchdown, Last Man Standing Gladiators, Rodeo Bull, Face Painting, Balloon Model, Ducking Chair. Also in the field see the Bonny Baby and Dog & Pet Show.

Sunday evening at 6.30pm the long awaited Soap Box Darby gets underway. This is also a first time ever event in Carrigallen. The race track is on Church Street. Registration is from 5:30pm, fee is €20. Any queries to Mervyn Richardson 087 254 4674 or Sean McIntyre 086 876 5377. It is understood the committee are expecting a large number of contenders.

Scream, shout and dance to local band The Basskillers at 9pm on the gig rig.

The festival comes to a close on Bank Holiday Monday, August 5. The original car treasure hunt starts at the filling station at 2.30pm with last car at 3.30pm.

And for a little bit of drama make sure you book your seat at ‘The Quare Land’ written by John McManus from Ballyconnell and starring Seamus O’Rourke and Shane Carroll in the Corn Mill Theatre at 8.30pm on August 1,2,3 and 5. Bookings on (049) 4339612.

The main sponsors of the festival this weekend are McCanns Centra Foodmarket and Carrigallen Fuels Ltd. The official opening of new business Carrigallen Fuel Depot will be held during the weekend.

The festival committee would like to thank all their sponsors and patrons and look forward to a jam packed weekend of fun in Carrigallen.