Fun fills streets of Castle
This year's Castlegregory Summer Festival was a typically ambitious affair with over 40 events in a time-frame of less than a week, but this village never fails to thrive under the weight of its festival's sprawling schedule.
Speaking at the Family Fun Day in the local GAA field on Sunday (July 9), Organising Committee member Martha Flynn pointed to the ice cream vans, tiger-themed bouncing castle, and painted faces amongst the sizeable crowd present as typical of the fun that made the 2017 Summer Festival a success.
"We started out on Wednesday, and since then all the events have been superbly attended, from drumming workshops to the village treasure hunt," she said.
"There's such a wide selection of events, from arts and crafts classes to music lessons to foam parties. There's something for everyone, and that's why people from as far away as Cork, Clare, Scotland and America joined us!"
There aren't too many people in west Kerry over the age of 18 who haven't been to the West End Hall at some point for the famous foam party, and the annual evening parade always fills the village's streets with onlookers.
Another long-running aspect of the Festival is the Queen Selection Dance, and this year's Queen Shannen Maunsell-Cronin, representing Maharees Heritage and Conservation, joined a list of winners that extends back as far as the 1950s.
"It's a great honour as it's been going on for over 50 years," the 18-year-old told The Kerryman. "Six of us were in the contest at the Club Rooms, and it was great to represent a group involved in so many projects in the Maharees, including the launch of DVDs and CDs promoting local history and traditions.
"It's been a great week and a great turnout, and I'm looking forward to taking part in the parade tonight - and, of course, going to the foam party!"