May 25- June 3

Jamestown Heritage Festival continues this weekend

Fiona Heavey

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Fiona Heavey

Jamestown Heritage Festival starts this weekend

The quay area of Jamestown will be packed again this weekend

The Village of Jamestown is now in overdrive as one of the biggest weekends in years looms with heritage festival which takes place just once in every six years.


The quay area has now been lit up with the old but beautiful Carrick Christmas lights, heritage boats are arriving, the Arch lights are up, the weir boat is floating and lit and the border village awaits a big match led by local resident Brenda Guckian.
The festival kicks off with a bang on Friday, May 25 with a firework display in the middle of the village, organised by Derek Williams, who has close local connections with the Managing Director of Pyrotechnics & Effects. There will be entertainment in Mulvey’s Arch Bar as well as an “Up for the Night Evening” organised by Kilmore GAA in Mulvey’s.


On Saturday The Cottage Restaurant (who recently received a top national award) will hold a cookery demonstration.
Helicopter Rescue 118 will pay a visit along with other events and lectures all day on Saturday and Sunday May 26 and 27 culminating in an evening of dancing at the crossroads in Drumsna at 6pm on the Sunday evening at 6pm.


Earlier on Saturday Leitrim Sub Aqua Club, under the stewardship of Gerry Gilroy, will carry out a prop and shaft check of all boats. And an unexpected bonus is the concert at Jamestown Quay by the Beached Whales choir from Denmark supported by the Millennium choir at 3.30 on Saturday, May 26
Monday evening, May 28 sees Mulveys Arch Bar hosting their always popular Table Quiz at 9pm with quizmaster Terry Beckett. Alf Monaghan, from Drumsna will give his very popular talk on “Monastic Ireland, a gift from the Nile” at 8.30pm in Jamestown Church on Tuesday, 29.


Drumsna’s three bars, Duignans, Taylors and McLaughlin’s will host an evening of entertainment on Wednesda.
The hotel boat Lovely Leitrim will be moored in Jamestown for the festival running a their popular wine & tapas bar each evening from 6pm.
They will also host a bridge evening on Monday, 28 and a visit and talk by Bibi Baskin on Thursday, May 31.


Meanwhile the Cottage Restaurant will do a special lunch time menu from Wednesday to Saturday.
On Friday visitors and locals will play in the Jamestown Heritage Festival Golf Competition in Carrick Golf Club followed by one of the Festivals headline events - a super concert by The Leitrim Male Choir and Special Friends including Edwina McNulty, Cait Sammon-Cullen and the Baker Kenny’s Trio at 9pm in Jamestown Church on Friday, June 1.


The Festival winds down with a visit to Drumsna Village for their heritage day on Saturday, June 2 from 2.30 to 6.30 finishing with a mind boggling performance from street theatre/circus performer Monsieur Gusto at 6pm.


This year’s festival also hosts a unique free Shuttle Bus service between Jamestown and Drumsna on Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday sponsored by Leitrim Co Co and Duignans Bar and XL Shop.
On Sunday, June 3 the Heritage Barge and Boat fleet will depart Jamestown to parade through Carrick and visit Carrick Carnival.


Further information and times is available on www.jamestownvillage.ie