Excitement builds as festival week nears

by Darragh McKiernan

LOCALS are gearing up for a week-long frenzy of FREE family fun and entertainment at the upcoming Dundrum Festival.
The longest running festival in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown kicks off on Sunday, June 18 and the year’s offering is packed with activities for young and old.
The aim of the festival is to provide free summer entertainment, bringing people into Dundrum while allowing local groups to showcase their talents.
The programme is packed with colourful events – most of which are free.
Speaking about this year’s festival, the organisers appealed to all residents of Dundrum to come out and enjoy the activities.

Kevin Cosgrave told The Gazette: “In just a few days’ time, Dundrum’s unique festival swings into action – unique because it’s the longest-running festival in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown. Its ethos of volunteerism has served it well throughout its 34-year history – a fact worth highlighting as National Volunteering Week draws to a close.
“Highlights include the children’s art competition, which involves the schools in the area from early in the week, and Dundrum Village Day on the closing day, June 25, when traffic-free Main Street takes on a carnival atmosphere with a variety of open-air events to suit all ages tastes and interests.
“Firm favourites on the day include Ludford Breeze ballad group, Doherty-Kendrick Academy of Irish Dance, and Open-air Opera which this year promises excerpts from ‘La Boehme’.
“Sport remains an integral part of the festival with the ever popular Stephen Roche Cycling Classic in Meadowmount circuit, Dundrum FC’s Mini World Cup Day, Active Age Indoor Bowls and our new Bridge Tournament.
“If you visited us last year, we hope you enjoyed the experience and look forward to meeting you all again this year. If you have not been to the festival before, relax and enjoy the experience, we promise you’ll come back again!”
Some of the other highlights throughout the week include a heritage walk with local legend John Lennon; a chance to learn Dundrum’s history, assembling at Barton Road roundabout on June 20 at 6:30pm; a night of music, ceol agus craic with the Dublin Folk Dance Group at Dundrum House, Main Street at 9pm on June 22, and professional magician Jack Flash, at the Bandstand at Dundrum Town Centre on June 24 at 4:30pm.
For further information call 01 298 7929, email [email protected], see www.dundrumfestival.ie or find the Dundrum Festival page on Facebook.

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