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Sunday 26 February 2017

Clowning around at festivals helps to lift spirits

Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

CROWDS spilled on to the streets of Dingle yesterday, enjoying the spectacle of a circus-themed parade in glorious sunshine.

The colourful event was just one of many in the Feile na Bealtaine, or May Festival, which attracted 5,000 visitors to the Dingle Peninsula.

This year's arts festival, which included music; recitations; performing arts; film; poetry readings; puppet theatre; a political symposium; and exhibitions, was the 17th to be held in the west Kerry town but the first since the death of its founder, local poet and doctor Micheal Fanning.

"It's our first one without Micheal so we've all gone out and given it 100pc to make it happen and make it something he would be proud of," said co-director Trish Hendrick.

Meanwhile, the International Rally of the Lakes in Killarney resulted in 24 arrests and the seizure of 20 cars.

Elsewhere, hundreds of vintage tractors started out on the Borris and District Tractor Nuts 9th Annual Road Run in Borris, Co Carlow, yesterday.

Irish Independent

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