A feast of dancing

Published 09/08/2014 | 00:00

Margaret O’Sullivan and Mary Fealy from Banemore, Mary Duggan, Moyvane and Kathleen Herlihy, Ballymac at the Dan Paddy Andy Festival in Lyrecompane
Margaret O’Sullivan and Mary Fealy from Banemore, Mary Duggan, Moyvane and Kathleen Herlihy, Ballymac at the Dan Paddy Andy Festival in Lyrecompane

'IF it ain't broken don't fix it' and it's by that rule that organisers of Lyreacrompane's Dan Paddy Andy appear to work, with festival number 17 done and dusted for another year.

It's the same six local committee members who have been to the fore of the festival since its inception and it's clear they're doing something right judging by the record crowds that flocked to the north Kerry parish over the long weekend.

Among the highlights of this year's event was the waltzing competition on Friday night, which hadn't been run as part of the itinerary in some time. Attracting a massive crowd, the event was won by Tim and Catherine Kelliher who travelled from Killarney especially to compete.

With three hours of dancing in the marquee on Sunday and six hours on Monday, there were certainly some sore feet around the parish by the end of the weekend, but festival chairman Joe Harrington said it was wonderful to see people visiting from all over Munster.

"There were several faces we had never seen here before. Some from Cork and Clare and others who came up from south Kerry and that was a great boost," he said.

"The entire festival was a great success with numbers way up on last year so we're extremely happy."

Another highlight of the weekend, he said, was Monday morning's bog walk, which attracted over 100 people.

"The walk has been going on a long time and we've noticed many parents are now bringing their children, who would never have known about turf cutting or anything like that" he said. "It gives them a chance to see how things were done and to use the slean and of course enjoy a cup of tea on the bog just like old times. It helped that we had a fantastic morning for it. It just keeps on growing."

Kerryman

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