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Festival fever hits Malahide

Published 07/08/2012 | 11:43

PROVING AGAIN that Malahide really does have it was the Malahide Has It Festival which once again attracted huge crowds to the coastal town and a buzzing atmosphere.

The Malahide Festival 2012 again attracted great crowds to the town, with a very happy community atmosphere throughout the weekend. Malahide businesses sponsored many of the events allowing people to enjoy the many and varied activities with little cost involved. The Festival started with the 'Vladimir' concert at the Grand Hotel and The Mayor of Fingal, Cian O'Callaghan, officially opened the festival prior to the concert. A spokesperson for the Malahide Chamber of Commerce, who supported the festival, said of the opening night concert: ' The mixture of classical music with a contemporary interpretation was a big hit with everyone in attendance.' The Festival was organised around the Green and New Street in the village and featured a fun fair on Malahide beach. The Green was the main area for community events which culminated in the annual Tug O ' War competition which was keenly contested among local teams bringing this traditional sport to the village centre. Ultimately though it was the big men of Malahide Rugby Club that again asserted their dominance of this event, beating the staff of the Grand Hotel's Arena Leisure Club in the final. Less strenuous events, included the kiddies Olympics, sumo and public workout sessions, connect four, Book reading and the historical walk - there was even chess being played on the streets as the festival progressed. Local restaurants operated food stalls on the Green and many local businesses promoted special festival offers in a community-wide effort that made this year's event one to remember. The festival will no doubt return and in just a short time has re-established itself on the local calendar after a long absence - well done to all involved.

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