Feast on some fun at festival!

by Gazette Reporter

The annual Clondalkin Festival hits the village once again this weekend and with a great line-up of family fun events taking place, it’s certainly not something you would want to miss!
Now in its seventh year, the festival which takes place from July 7 – 9, has gotten bigger and better year on year with people looking forward to it with great anticipation.
Clondalkin Festival 2017 kicks off on Friday July 9 with a Pop-Up Gaeltacht event in The Laurels. Come along and use whatever cupla focal you have – should be great craic!
On Saturday, July 8 sees a fun family cycle around the village, which starts at the Laurels at 11.30am and is suitable for all ages.
Clondalkin Round Tower Heritage Group Tour Guides will be providing free tours of the village, and the new Round Tower Visitor’s Centre Garden – throughout the day on both Saturday, July 8-9. No ticket required, meet at the Round Tower.

Jubilant members of Rally Round The Tower give the thumbs up to the project they envisaged way back in 2004! At a viewing of Brú Chrónáin last Thurday. L-R Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, Monica McGill, Josephin Byrne, Bernardine Nic Giolla Phádraig, Austin Lysaght and Marnie Caddle.

The Big Day Out!
On Sunday, July 9, Clondalkin village will be pedestrianised from 2pm to 6pm. Main Street and Tower Road will be closed to traffic from 1.45pm to 6.15pm to facilitate the seventh annual Village Festival. The streets will be filled with street acts, stilt-walkers and character performers. There will also be free face-painting and balloon modelling.
The Main stage is back again this year, sponsored by Brian McElroy Funeral Directors, in front of the AIB. We have a great line up of music acts, stage and dance schools. Our top of the bill is Colm Gavin, who is just about to embark on a nationwide tour. We have the wonderful children’s entertainer Denis Wiggie Coffey, opening up the show with a promise of great fun and laughter.
We also expect a visit from that fruity twosome – The Happy Pear!
There will be fantastic giveaways from the stage on the day – spot prizes galore and a chance to win two precious tickets to visit the inside of the Round Tower!

Members of Rally Round The Tower, Clondalkin Round Tower Heritage Group, Clondalkin History Society and St John’s Parish were quite rightly in jubilant mood during Thursday evening’s ‘soft opening’ with Ralph McGarry of SDCC and Mark Matanes, Daragh Flynn, Dónal Flynn and Nicola from The Happy Pear (rear of picture). Well done to one and all for your fantastic work!

Check out The Steering Wheel, The Laurels and Quinlans – for their Festival attractions. A lot of small businesses are expected to be open, with some great deals and offers for the day. Clondalkin Credit Union will host a display from the Clondalkin and District Horticultural Show.
Paul’s Pet Parties will have their very entertaining show beside Cadden’s
Local businessman Thyes Kavanagh, who is part of the organising committee told The Gazette that the festival has a huge amount of interest from local artists, clubs and groups wishing to participate.
For those who can’t make it to this fantastic event, or for family and friends out of town or living abroad, Local Festival Radio.com will be broadcasting worldwide from 3pm to 5pm, sponsored by Google, Grangecastle.
Listen on www.localfestivalradio.com
The Festival Committee would like to thank all our sponsors for their support with this event.
Further information is available on www.inclondalkin.ie

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