The countdown has begun for a unique festive Manorhamilton event that will take place over the course of the country’s next public holiday weekend when the main item of apparel worn at all weddings, and on which all eyes are always focused, will be centre stage.
This summer’s novel Manorhamilton August Wedding Dress Festival is already creating a lot of interest and it is expected that many visitors will come to the town for it.
The Wedding Dress Festival, which will also include Christening Robes exhibition, takes place in the North Leitrim town’s historic Church of Ireland, which was built in 1783, from Friday, August 3 until Monday, Aug 6.
Explaining the reason for the staging of Manorhamilton’s Wedding Dress Festival a spokesperson for the local Church of Ireland says “firstly, the purpose of the event to raise funds for much needed maintenance and repairs on the church building – after 235 years its not looking to bad but needs some repairs.
“We would also like to ask if anyone knows of or have contacts with people who might lend their wedding dresses or family christening robes or items connected with same to be exhibited over the weekend. Ideally, we are looking for dresses over the century.
“The dresses will be displayed throughout the church along with pictures of the day if they are available of the bride wearing the dress and likewise with the christening robes.
“We have one family who are lending, Grandmother, her Daughter and Granddaughters wedding dress which is a great history of a family. We also have a christening robe dating back about 100 years to be added to the exhibit.
“We are hoping to have music events over the weekend and also tea and coffee in the school. We would like to have involvement from the community and if anyone would like to loan us an item.
“It would also make it a truly community event.” Anyone who has a wedding dress or christening robe to lend for exhibition in what will be Manorhamilton’s first ever Wedding Dress Festival is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org, please.