Jockey Jane to be queen of Conna Gathering

BILL BROWNE

Published 04/04/2013 | 05:26

THE community council in Conna is set to 'bring it back home', urging locals to lend their support to a weekend of celebrations to mark The Gathering 2013.

With cities, towns and villages across the country embracing the call to celebrate Ireland's rich and vibrant heritage, Conna is taking the opportunity to make this coming August bank holiday weekend a memorable one for locals and overseas visitors alike.

Billed as 'A Celebration of Irish Culture', the festival, which will be officially launched next Thursday, will highlight the wealth of cultural heritage that the area boasts across a wide and exciting variety of fields.

The celebrations will kick off on Thursday, August 1, with a spectacular parade led by the Castlelyons Pipe Band, grand marshalls Tom Cotter and Dick Morrison, and the Conna Gathering Queen, top female jockey Jane Mangan.

It will signal the start of five days of jam-packed excitement incorporating music, song, dance, sporting demonstrations, vintage displays and exhibitions.

Visitors to the village will also be able to take a tour of a 1840s themed farmstead, tours of the world famous Conna Castle and its grounds and much, much more.

A community council spokesman urged local people to invite relatives and friends home for the event.

"The key thing for us is that people will have the chance to talk and mix with local people who will offer them a warm and friendly Conna welcome," he said.

"Above all, the craic will be good," he promised.

The Conna Gathering will be officially launched at 8pm on Thursday, April 8 in Conna Community Hall. For more details visit www.connacommunity.com.

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