Great expectations for Pan Celtic Festival
FOLLOWING ON from the success of last year's Pan Celtic Festival, great expectations are in place for the 2013 event which was launched in the Seven Oaks Hotel.
Around 70 people turned out to see town Cathaoirleach Eileen Brophy accept the charter and launch the festival which will run next year in conjunction with The Gathering.
'We had great feedback on last year,' said festival organiser Bríde de Róiste.
' The whole town seemed to get involved and the visitors said that they had never experienced such a welcome anywhere.
'Many who have been travelling to festivals for 40 years said they had never had a such a welcome and seen so many locals involved.'
Music, singers and dancers from each of the Celtic regions will perform again at the 2013 event.
A big effort has been made by organisers on national publicity and flags, bunting and signage is already well underway.
'It brings a great festive feeling to the whole town,' she added.
A Celtic song contest has been organised for the 2013 event and this will take place in the Seven Oaks Hotel on February 7 with television host Daithi Ó Sé. Representatives from each of the Celtic countries will battle it out to try and sing their way in to winning the top prize of €1,000.
'Carlow made such a huge effort to involve everyone it was great,' she added.
Events this time will include also the Celtic Taste of Carlow which will run during the Easter holidays and many day time and lunch time events.