Lucan festival gets set to mark 10 years

by Mark O'Brien
Locals enjoying last year's Lucan Festival

The Lucan Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a host of returning favourites next month.

The festival will take place from Wednesday, September 5 to Sunday, September 9.

The full line-up for this year’s festival was revealed to a packed Kenny’s pub on Monday evening.

Speaking to Dublin Gazette this week, Festival chairperson Joe Byrne paid tribute to the volunteers who make the event possible every year.

He said: “We didn’t think when we started it in 2009 that we’d be still here 10 years later.

“In and around half of the committee are still from the original committee.”

The festival once again features a wide range of mostly free events.

Joe said he was particularly pleased to see the return of the historical exhibition to St Andrew’s Parich Centre.

“We had done it for a couple of years but we weren’t able to do it last year but this year it’s back on again,” he said.

The fireworks display on the Weir was a great success last year and Joe said he expects it to be even better this year.

“Estimates vary between four and five thousand people at the fireworks last year but we’re expecting an even bigger crowd this year.”

Rafting on the Weir has been a popular feature of the festival, but low water levels following the warm summer weather, it may not go ahead this year.

Festival organisers say they will make a call on the event closer to the date.

Locals will once again have the chance to walk the grounds of Lucan House. Joe thanked new Italian Ambassador to Ireland Paolo Serpi for continuing on the tradition of opening the grounds to the public, which was started by his predecessor Giovanni Chiassi.

“We’ve had it about five or six years going in there so we’re quite pleased (the grounds will be opened again),” said Joe.

The festival will end with the popular Family Fun Day on Sunday, September 9.

Lucan garda station will host their annual Open Day, international and Irish food stalls will offer some delicious treats and two stages will feature a Battle of the Bands and the Lucan Gospel Choir.

For information see the Lucan Festival Ireland Facebook page.

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