Festival fever takes over Carlow town

fintan lambe

Published 10/06/2014 | 05:24

People from all over the county and further afield descended on Carlow over the weekend as the 35th annual Carlow Arts Festival got into full swing with plenty of brilliant entertainment for all the family.

The festival got underway on Friday of last week and continues on until this Sunday. The carnival atmosphere took over the town at the weekend, however, as the streets were closed off and families took in everything that the event had to offer.

On Saturday the great 'Party in the Park' Street Festival took place and there was great excitement among the little and not so little ones as the sky over the town was lit up with a fantastic array of fireworks in celebration of the 800th birthday of Carlow Castle.

Some of the finest food and drink the county has to offer was available as the Taste of Carlow food market whetted the appetite of locals and visitors alike. In terms of music, the weekend saw performances from some of the country's finest acts including Sharon Shannon and her Big Band, Aspiro and founding member of Moving Hearts Mick Hanly, to name but a few.

One of the highlights of the weekend was the Stiletto Challenge which saw nearly 100 men embrace their inner Lady Gaga and race up Dublin Street wearing high heels. The event was a great success and drew great laughs from both competitors and those watching from the sidelines.

The festival is far from over yet and events are ongoing for the rest of the week. Among the highlights will be musical performances from Paddy Keenan, otherwise known as the Jimi Hendrix of the uileann pipes on Saturday and I Draw Slow, who take to the stage at Carlow Arts Festival HQ on Thursday night.

For a full list of what's going on and to book tickets, visit www.carlowartsfestival.com.

Carlow People

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