Scallop Festival success
THE fifth Valentia Island King Scallop festival which took place in Knightstown from July 12 - 13 was a huge success with good weather and big crowds, complimented by a variety of events over the two days for all the varying age groups.
The highlight of the event always is the crowning of the king Scallop personality who demonstrates the greatest culinary skills at an on outdoor scallop cooking competition.
This year the honour went to Alan Egan of Knightstown who succeeds Pat Curtin, also of Knightstown, from last year. Congratulations to him.
John Cooper was Chapeltown (Caol's) representative this year as he tried to bring the title to Caol River's leafy banks. Cooper had as his coach Sean O'Sullivan of the Ring Lyne who honed his culinary skills in Rockwell College, Co.Tipperary, but despite gallant efforts it was not to be this year. However, O'Sullivan was delighted to see the trophy coming to the village two years ago.
This year's other contestants were Pat Curtin and his son Paul, Ryan Walsh and Maurice Curtin, who is from Riverstick, Co. Cork and looks forward to some day taking the title to Cork for the first time. The winners down through the years were Fionán Murphy, Brian Morgan, G.G. O'Sullivan, Pat Curtin and Alan Egan.