THE Clondalkin Festival is set to return this year from June 28 to 30.
Now in its third year, the festival continues to go from strength to strength and this year will feature three days of family entertainment throughout the village.
This year’s programme features street performers, a Gathering event, set dancing, a ceili, museums, carnival games and the chance to climb the Round Tower, amongst other events.
Local businessman Thyes Kavanagh is part of the organising committee and says that the countdown is now well and truly under way.
“It’s going well and we’re into the countdown now.
“We’ve got the Round Tower open for two days this year after last year’s very popular couple of days.
“The Office of Public Works is helping us out with that by building a platform and some stairs and we’re hoping to get 400 people a day up to it.
“It is ticket only and people can get tickets by handing a stamped addressed envelope into Frames Etc, Mannions Newsagents or Marine and General before Monday, June 24.”
Thyes says that the decision to open the tower again this year is a boon to the committee.
“It’s huge for us to have the tower open. When people think of Clondalkin, they think of the tower, but it was closed for so long that a lot of people never got the chance to set foot in the tower.
“There’s a lot of people who would be new to the town and some people who lived here all their lives that have never gotten into the tower.”
The festival has grown year on year in Clondalkin, with Thyes saying that the local community, both personal and business, have truly bought in to the idea.
“A lot of the traders have really bought into the festival. Some people were a bit iffy when we started it because there was nothing like this put on before, but everyone is now really behind it.
“A lot of the pubs are giving up their car parks for the day and we’re putting on displays in them, like the army display in the Steering Wheel car park.”
Thyes adds that the festival is aimed at showcasing the best of what Clondalkin has to offer.
“Clondalkin has gotten so big that it tends to only hit the news when there is a bit of negative news, but there is much more to it than that.
“People bring family and friends from outside Clondalkin and we’ve pedestrianised the main streets, which allows people to better see the area, particularly the work that Clondalkin Tidy Towns have done.”
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