All set for Glenfarne Gala Festival 2014

The late John mcGivern outside the Ballroom of Romance in the 1950s.
This weekend will see one of the region’s longest-running festivals, The Glenfarne Gala Festival taking place for its 45th year.

This weekend will see one of the region’s longest-running festivals, The Glenfarne Gala Festival taking place for its 45th year.

This very successful Gala festival will see not one, but two, historic events taking place over the weekend.

Firstly the launch of the new history book “Glenfarne – A History” will be launched by Prionn Duignan at a Storytelling evening on Friday, August 1.

This community history publication has taken nearly two years to complete and is packed with historical events, local history, human interest stories and wonderful memories together with photographs.

The book will normally be priced at €20, but over the course of the festival, if you buy more than one copy you will only pay €15 per copy.

Secondly, The Rainbow Ballroom of Romance celebrates its 80th birthday on Saturday, August 2 with a great birthday bash. DVDs, CDs, fridge magnets, badges and pieces of the original floor boards can be purchased on the night.

The newly refurbished “Ballroom of Romance” takes centre stage once again for this year’s festival.

The festival kicks off this Thursday, July 31 with dancing to Nathan Carter and his band, and no doubt one of the many songs he will be singing will be the “Rainbow in Glenfarne”. Doors open at 9.30pm with dancing from 11pm to 1am, full bar available. A show not to be missed!

Friday will be an historic night for the parish of Glenfarne with the launch of the new book “Glenfarne – A History”.

This is a community history publication and will be launched by Prionn Duignan at The Rainbow. This event starts at 8pm. Storytelling and refreshments will be served.

Saturday 2nd is a day for young and old, starting at 11am with a “Children’s Treasure Hunt” to be followed at 1pm by a 10Km Race/Walk, refreshments afterwards in the Rainbow. Prize Giving at 3pm.

At 4pm all our brains and wits will be challenged at a family quiz taking place in the Rainbow.

At 7pm, a Mass and blessing of the graves takes place at St. Michael’s Church.

After an action-packed day and evening, let the night begin with the “Big” 80th Birthday Bash at the Rainbow, no doubt many tales will be told of “goings on” at the Rainbow over the last 80 years. Dermot McConnell and Cajun County providing the music on the night. Food served at 9.30pm dancing from 10.30pm.

On Sunday, there will be Mass and blessing of the Graves in St. Mary’s at 11am and Blessing of the Graves in Kilmakerrill at 2pm.

The Heritage and Cultural event begins at 4pm with a Sports Day with a full athletics programme, traditional crafts will be demonstrated, Dog Show, Tug of War and much more. The evening brings a Teenage Disco starting at 9.30pm in The Rainbow Ballroom of Romance.

Bank Holiday Monday will start with an 11am Walk on Thur mountain, as well as a fishing competition from 11am – 3pm. Don’t miss the Duck Race in the village river at 4.30pm or the 5pm Car Treasure Hunt starting from The Rainbow with Treasure Hunt Results in Ketty’s Bar.

The Glenfarne Gala Day organisers look forward to welcoming everyone from home and abroad to this year’s festival, which will be an historic and memorable event to be enjoyed by all ages.

More details can be found on and Facebook.