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Saturday 29 April 2017

Sculptors prove a wiz with sand at festival

Artist Daniel Doyle creating a sand sculpture at the annual Duncannon Sand Sculpture festival
Artist Daniel Doyle creating a sand sculpture at the annual Duncannon Sand Sculpture festival

Conor Kane

FESTIVAL fever continues to sweep across the country as August unfolds and this weekend is no different, with everything being celebrated from music to goats to the seaside and food.

In the south-east, preparations are already under way for next month's Waterford Harvest Festival which promises food markets, craft villages, free outdoor concerts along with street parties and barbecues over the 10-day event.

Already under way, however, is the Duncannon Sand Sculpture Festival featuring the work of sand artists and would-be sculptors.

Among those taking part are Daniel Doyle, Niall Magee and Alan Magee.

Based this year on a Wizard of Oz theme, the festival was officially opened last night amid a display of fireworks and, over the weekend, members of the public can see the artworks created by Daniel, Niall, Alan and others over the weekend in the seaside town.

According to Daniel , the Co Wexford resort is ideal for their work. "Usually when we're working with sand, we'd get it inland from a quarry or a river, but the beach sand here in Duncannon is very good, nice and clean and also strong."

Displays will be a feature of the sand-themed weekend. Meanwhile, celebrity chef Clodagh McKenna yesterday helped launch the festival which is aimed at celebrating the produce available in the region.

Chairman of the festival -- which runs for 10 days next month -- Paul McDaid said it's the perfect way to "gather and celebrate the wonderful produce that is available to us in the south-east region".

Waterford city is the "ideal location," he said, with free events taking place for the duration.

One of the highlights will be 'Amazing Grazing,' on September 12, which is set to be one of the biggest outdoor markets in the country as South Quay in Waterford will be filled with food and craft stalls, children's attractions and cookery demonstrations by top chefs such as Darina Allen.

'Deise Day' on September 18 will be a day of celebration of all that is traditional in Waterford and will feature "fun on the farm", a Céilí Mór and trotters served with blaas, the traditional bread rolls unique to Waterford.

The 'Big Street Party' -- a free concert with some surprise acts -- takes place on Saturday, September 11, while another highlight that day will be the Mayor's Picnic and Play in the Park. Food lovers should note that there will be 'food tours' and 'taste workshops' throughout the festival.

Irish Independent

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