Saturday 10 December 2016

Five reasons to visit Farming and Country Life 1916 this weekend

Published 10/06/2016 | 08:38

Emmet Greaney, Tom Gibson, Shauna Dolan and Emily Greaney at the launch of the Teagasc Farming and Country Life 1916 event taking place in Athenry next month. Photo: Reg Gordon.
Emmet Greaney, Tom Gibson, Shauna Dolan and Emily Greaney at the launch of the Teagasc Farming and Country Life 1916 event taking place in Athenry next month. Photo: Reg Gordon.

Ever wondered what life was like in small town Ireland 100 years ago?

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If so, the Athenry Farming and Country Life Festival which takes place this weekend might be what you’re looking for. Held as part of the 1916 commemorations, the event on farming and country life will recreate an entire town as it was 100 years ago.

Taking place this Saturday and Sunday (10 and 11 June), the event is expected to draw massive crowds over the two days. Here's five reasons to make the trip to the fields of Athenry

 

It’s big

The event is the largest 1916 commemorative event to be held this year outside of Dublin. Over 50,000 people are expected to attend the event over the two days.

It’s authentic

Plenty of work has gone into the event as visitors will be brought back in time to experience the sights, sounds and smells of Ireland from 100 years ago. Visitors can journey through a time tunnel, transporting them back to a town from 1916 with a bustling town square, Fair Day, GAA matches and sports day, and a traditional cottage and farm, all occupied by poultry, cattle, sheep and pigs breeds of the time.

It’s a celebration of country and farming life

The event comprises seven thematic villages which include: Farm Family and Rural Life; The Land; Education and Co-operation; Mechanization of Farming; Livestock; Sporting and Cultural Life

These seven themes will be animated through interactive exhibits, dramatic re-enactments, talks and reconstructions to bring to life rural Ireland of our ancestors.

 

There’s some impressive exhibits

A life-size replica of the GPO has been created at Mellows Campus, which featured in ‘Wrecking the Rising’ on TG4 before making its way to Athenry

 

It’s free and it’s family friendly

Visitors are invited to dress up in 1916 attire, where the most appropriately dressed visitors will be in with a chance of winning top prizes. Special attention is being paid to activities for children with trails and games throughout the event.

The event will take place from 10am to 5pm on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th June. The site is located close to Athenry town and is easily accessible from all major routes via car, rail and bus, with extensive car parking available.

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