TARBERT'S sons and daughters will return home in droves in August as the parish marks the Gathering in a major way with a special festival of all manner of fun events lined up.
Thirty-two local organisations are now working closely to ensure the parish enjoys every last moment of the Tarbert Family Gathering Festival from Friday, August 9, until Sunday, August 18.
The programme was launched by Tarbert Kerry star Shane Enright (pictured) and parish priest Fr Danny Broderick at the Community Centre where steering committee member Mary Lavery Carrig said the festival is one of three Gathering highlights of the year in the community and will build on the tradition of returning families in August.
"August has traditionally been a great time for returning families in Tarbert and we will be building on that. The festival is also one of the highlights of the Gathering year in Tarbert, between the Cuckoo Walking festival and Tarbert National School celebrations on the May Bank Holiday and the New Year's Eve festivities in December," Mary said. Local historian Patrick Lynch is co-ordinating a photographic display of Tarbert's past in the Community Centre over the ten days, launching on Saturday August 10 at 8.30pm at the venue. A festive fun run and afternoon tea dance take place the following day.
Another big highlight of the festival will be the Variety Show taking place on Tuesday, August 13, at 8.30pm in the Community Centre. It will feature the 'Tarbert Boot Camp ICA' short drama written by Mary and performed by the local branch of the ICA which saw them coming fourth place in the national ICA drama finals at the weekend.
St Brendan's Church of Ireland will also revisit its proud history in Tarbert with a special presentation on Thursday, August 15, at 7pm.
The festival will culminate on the Sunday night in a football match set to raise tension in the parish as the fierce men of Tarmons take on the Tarbert Townies – solely in the spirit of fun of course!