Harvest Festival 2010 (Clare People)


Emer Connolly

THREE local characters will vie for the title of ‘Mayor of Kilmurry’ during the local annual harvest festival which gets underway on Sunday.
This is the 10th annual Kilmurry Harvest Festival and it will run between Sunday, August 15 and Saturday, August 21. A programme of fun events has been organised, while funds raised will go to local community projects. Feature events this year will include a large fireworks display,
followed by dancing at the crossroads.
One of the more popular attractions is likely to be the mayoral election. Local candidates Mary Gilligan, Pat Tierney and Mike Sheedy will battle to win the coveted Mayoral
Chain. The three have held a variety of fun events in recent weeks, involving the local
Mary, who is originally from Ballylanders in Limerick, married into the locality. She is involved in several community initiatives including the school council and graveyard
committee.Pat is described locally as a great character and is hugely popular in his local area.
Mike, a local builder, is topping the online poll on www, kilmurry.com and is putting his heart and soul into this fundraising competition.
There is much anticipation in the locality in advance of the election of the mayor, at the harvest dance in the Pump House on Sunday night.
Among the other events taking place during this year’s
festival include a number of equestrian events, which are expected to attract
significant numbers. Another new and innovative idea is the duck
race.The festival committee promises something for all ages and tastes. The Family Fun Day and Vintage Show will get the festival underway on Sunday (August 15). A monster ‘Dancing at the
Crossroads’ event, kiddies disco, table quiz, bingo, road bowling, trad night
and John and Seppie Crowe’s infamous Black Pudding Night give a flavour of what
will be on offer.
Festival spokesman Sean O’Reilly is extending a warm welcome to everyone in the region and further afield to visit Kilmurry for the festival.“We have something for everyone
over the weekend and we hope to see many old and new residents of Kilmurry as
well as our friends from neighbouring villages and further afield,” he
said.During the past nine years of the festival, funds have been raised for projects including street lighting, along with the upgrading of the local school, hall and graveyard.
“We are very grateful for the generous response of festival volunteers and business sponsors. We’re again inviting everyone to come out and have a great time,” said festival chairman
Paul Ryan.
Further details on Kilmurry Harvest Festival events are available on the festival website, www.kilmurry.com.