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Friday 29 August 2014

Castlegregory festival basks in summer sun

Marian O'Flaherty

Published 17/07/2013 | 05:36

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Pippa McDonogh, Lisa Hennessy, Aoife O'Carroll and Phoebe McDonagh enjoying the Castlegregory Summer Festival parade on Sunday evening.
Political satire is always a feature of the Castlegregory Summer Festival parade - and they do it well! Some of the hot topics to feature at this year’s parade on Sunday evening were the closure of local Garda stations and the discovery of oil off the Kerry coast - 10 billion barrels to come!!
Laura Hooley, Rachel McKenna and Blathnaid O'Toole enjoying the Castlegregory Summer Festival.

FUN in the sun was the order of the day in Castlegregory over the past week as huge crowds flocked to the village's annual summer festival amid the most stunning summer weather seen in West Kerry in years.

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FUN in the sun was the order of the day in Castlegregory over the past week as huge crowds flocked to the village's annual summer festival amid the most stunning summer weather seen in West Kerry in years.

Officially opened last Wednesday at Meán Scoil Nua an Leith Triúigh, a packed schedule kept everyone busy over the five days, especially the little ones who engaged in arts, crafts, drumming, magic shows, a Teddy Bear's Picnic in Glenteenassig, treasure hunts and sand castle building to mention just a few of the activities taking place.

The gorgeous Ashley Maunsell, representing Maharees Regatta, was chosen as the Festival Queen at Friday night's selection, affording her the opportunity to go on and compete for the title of Kerry Rose. Indeed according to festival committee vice-secretary Edel O'Connor, all the Festival Queen contestants - Hannah Hennessy (Youth Club), Beth Flynn (Golf & Fishing Club), Erin Hoare (Youth Council), Catarina Browne (ICA), Aimee Byrne (Community Council) and Laura Fitzgerald (Active Retired) – were truly exemplary this year.

"They were just amazing in attending the many activities going on during the day while still making sure they were ready for the night's events; they were extremely helpful and gracious and really set a great example," she said. "People were genuinely touched by the huge effort they put in."

The memory of young fisherman Vincent Wyles, who died in a tragic fishing accident earlier this year, also loomed large on the minds of many as he always played an active part in the festival. On Thursday night a very poignant tribute was paid to the young man, who was also an accomplished musician, in the West End Hall as his bandmates Kieran Browne and Sean Begley were joined by a host of West Kerry musicians in hosting an evening of music entitled 'Our Castle Rambler', dedicated to Vincent.

Finally on Sunday evening, the streets were thronged as Castle came to life with the annual festival parade providing a fitting finale to an amazing week.

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