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Tuesday 2 September 2014

A day to remember

Lynda Connolly

Published 11/06/2013 | 05:24

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Ruair Maehr and Ciaran Byrne. Photo: Tony Maher

Record-breaking crowds turned out to celebrate the opening weekend of Eigse.

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Record-breaking crowds turned out to celebrate the opening weekend of Eigse.

Up to 10,000 people attended the lantern ceremony and fireworks display along with thousands who set up camp in the town park for the day enjoying the sunshine and the entertainment.

'We have never had a crowd like it before,' said Lisa Williamson from the Eigse office. 'We want to thank the people for coming out because they made it what it was.'

The sunshine added to the summer atmosphere of the festival throughout the weekend as young and old gathered throughout the day on Saturday to enjoy the family entertainment and sample the produce on offer at the food festival along the promenade.

Later in the evening everyone made their way to the gig rig where a number of youth bands warmed up the stage for Sharon Shannon.

'The whole thing was just brilliant, it was an absolutely fantastic weekend,' she added.

'We had a number of events and talks at Borris House over the weekend also and that went well. We have been receiving emails and calls from people about how much they enjoyed everything.'

In the coming days Carnation Theatre will be visiting nursing homes around the county putting on shows, exhibitions will run daily at VISUAL from 11 a. m to 5 p. m, Les Miserable's will be performed in Borris House tonight (Tuesday), comedian Andrew Maxwell will be in town for a comedy show on Friday in the GBS Theatre and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony Orchestra will be performed in Carlow Cathedral on Friday evening.

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