'Teddy Bears, come home' to Fermoy
IF you go down to Fermoy Park on Sunday week you're sure of a big surprise - for that's the day the Teddy Bear's have their picnic.
The Teddy Bear's Picnic is just one among an exciting and eclectic mix of events taking place in Fermoy over the weekend as the town celebrates The Gathering 2013.
The weekend's festivities are being organised by Avondhu Tourism in conjunction with the Fermoy Business Action Group (FBAG).
For three glorious and fun filled says the town will throw open its doors to visitors from home and abroad as it tips a nod to the past, celebrates the present and looks forward to the future with a raft of events for young and old alike.
The festivities will be officially launched by town mayor Olive Corcoran at 7.30pm on Friday, July 26 in the Adair Hall followed by a Seisun courtesy of Fermoy Comhaltas at 8pm.
The music theme will continue with an Irish night at Charlie Mac's on McCurtain Street, the Fermoy Tag Rugby barbecue at the Forge Bar on Cork Rd and live music and entertainment in local pubs.
A packed Saturday will kick off with a history talk in the library at 11am followed by a historic bus tour of the Blackwater Valley in the company of the inimitable Christy Roche, which will cost €5 per person.
At 4pm people can partake in a mystery history tour under the guidance of the appropriately named Ian Fleming, again at a cost of €5 pp.
Alternatively they can enjoy the sights and sounds of the Old Time Traditional Fun Fair and live music courtesy of Alan & the Accident in the Town Park
Again the pubs and bars of the town will be rocking at night with plenty of craic agus ceoil.
The showpiece event of the festival, the free Teddy's Bear's Picnic, will get underway at 1pm in the Town Park.
As well as treating their Teddy's to a nice lunch, people will also be able to take in a which range of exciting sideshows including demonstrations by local gardai, the fire brigade the local sub-aqua club, sporting clubs and music workshops.
Magician extraordinaire Paul Dee and the amazing Aaron The Balloon Man will be also be on hand to excite and delight the crowds before the afternoon draws to a close with a kiddies disco at 5pm.
People will also have a welcome opportunity to see Fermoy from the River Blackwater, with river cruises (priced at €5pp) from the slipway at the local Rowing Club taking place over the weekend.
The chair of FBAG, Cllr Noel McCarthy, said the festival will be a celebration of all that is good about Fermoy.
"It will be a party for the people. Now it is over to you, the people of Fermoy, to be a part this event by attending, by spreading the word and by inviting someone back home for this celebration," said Cllr McCarthy.