Fun and games at Féile Lios Póil
PARISH pride prevailed as Féile Lios Póil celebrated its 35th year ar an bhfód.
Helping to get proceedings underway was MEP Seán Kelly who was on hand for the re-naming of Halla Lios Póil in memory of the late John L. Ó Súilleabháin who was a key member of Lios Póil GAA during his life, acting as its chairman and being the driving force behind the purchasing of Páirc Uí Bhairóid.
The programme which accompanies Féile Lios Póil is vast and varied, tying the Irish language, music, culture, sport, history and good old fashioned fun together in a recipe for success which has seen it sustain and grow over the past 35 years.
This year was no different and some of the notable events included the annual assault on the steep inclines of An Stricín. In a hotly contested race, agile 11-year-old Cian Ó Dorcháin was first to the summit in an impressive 18 minutes and 48 seconds, followed by Rás veteran Deaglán Ó Deargáin (19:12) and Ronán Ó Grifín (19:24).
The ladies of An Stricín had an excellent showing also with Neasa Ní hAiniféin darting up the hill in 25 minutes and 34 seconds followed by Helen Ní Fhagáin (27:04) and Muiríosa Ní Ghrifín (27:34) in third.
In the annual car-based treasure hunt later in the day Kevin Garvey's team put their local knowledge to good use to win the day in one of the Féile's most anticipated events, beating off stiff competition from Mary Jo Bowler's team who came in second, following by Dónal Ó hAiniféin's team.
On Sunday, the community gathered for their annual outing in Páirc Uí Bhairóid which saw pleasant weather bless proceedings as local baking, horticulture, the annual sheep show, Irish dancing exhibits and plenty of sport, fun and games took centre stage.
Mary Curran Egan (Minard and Cork) was named best dressed lady on the day while Michael Sullivan (Rínn Bhuí and Garfinny) was named best dressed man. The coveted title of Rós Lios Póil was secured by Aisling Ní Chinnéide while Laoch Lios Póil went to Kieran Keane. Cathy Griffin was also unveiled as Pearsa na Féile, a deserved honour for a lady dedicated to her community.
Of course, this is but a mere selection of the many activities taking place and which continued into this week.
According to Cathaoirleach Féile Lios Póil, Risteard MacEoin, "keeping it simple and keeping it fun" has paid dividends over the years and has seen the féile grow and endure over its 35 year tenure.
"Over 250 people took part in the walk from Kinard to Garraí on Monday morning, that's a great crowd for any event and that shows the interest," he said. "We have a big programme but we keep things local and we keep things fun. People still enjoy the simple things and it shows."