Celeb chef Doe to visit

Chef Mark Doe
Chef Mark Doe

Marisa Reidy

LOCALS in Ballylongford are in for two bumper weekends as the north Kerry village not only prepares for its annual Oyster Festival from August 8-10 but will also host three days of a community fundraising this weekend.

Celebrity chef Mark Doe will visit the village this Friday night, August 1, for a cookery demonstration and tasting event in the parish hall at 9pm, tickets for which are available (€10) by calling 087 9176982.

The following day, the village will host a fundraising car boot sale in the church grounds from 9am to 1pm, while on Sunday night at 9pm the parish hall will be the venue for a lively céilí with Donie Nolan. Tickets for the concert are also priced at €10 and available from the above number, with proceeds of all three events being used towards a number of projects.

This weekend is the first of two action-packed weekends in Ballylongford ,with the annual Oyster Festival taking place the following weekend, August 8-10. Among the highlights of the festival will be a parade, oyster swallowing competition and 'nobbly knee' competition on Friday night; a walking treasure hunt, seafood banquet, children's shore fishing and indoor soccer at Gerry Connor's Bar on Saturday, followed by another exciting line up on Sunday that includes fishing for adults, a raft race, street entertainment for children and a free barbecue at Finucane's/Speedy's Bar in the afternoon.