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Thursday 17 April 2014

Lughnasa fun in the sun at Clochán Bréanainn

Walking On Cars frontman Pa Sheehy is greeted by enthusiastic fans in Cloghane before the band's Féile Lughnasa performance
Walking On Cars frontman Pa Sheehy is greeted by enthusiastic fans in Cloghane before the band's Féile Lughnasa performance

SUMMER fun topped the bill in Clochán Bréannainn this past weekend as the Féile Lughnasa community festival sprang into action.

Mayor of Kerry Cllr. Seamus Cosaí Fitzgerald officially opened the festival along with Fear an Tí Mícheál Ó Ruairc, Fergus O'Dowd and Banríon na Féile Leona Spillane. What followed was a wonderful production of 'Mikey Taters Gathers' written and directed by adopted son of Cloghane, Frank Houlihan and Viv Butler and staged by the local Hy-Breasal Theatre Company.

Saturday brought with it plenty of action with sports at Baile Uí Dhuinn and sand castle building on Cappa Strand to mention just a few activities.

Later that evening a sense of eager expectation was palpable in the air in Cloghane as Dingle's Walking On Cars prepared for their gig in O'Donnell's. Having enjoyed a successful launch of their EP 'As We Fly South' the night before in An Conair bar in Dingle, local fans came out in force to hear the West Kerry band who have enjoyed major chart success this year and who have also been confirmed for a big gig in Dublin's Academy this December.

There was no let up action-wise on Sunday with a walk on Mount Brandon, led by members of the Dingle Hillwalking Club, a parade through Cloghane, the presentation of Corn Uí Rinn in the Tinteán Cheoil and a great community day at Gort na Féile. The festivities concluded on Monday with a walk to Loch a'Dúin led by Mícheál Ó Coileáin, children's fancy dress, swimming races and even a local triathlon.

"It was a great weekend," said Petrína Ní Loinsigh of Comharcumann Forbartha an Leith-Triúigh. "Féile Lughnasa is definitely getting stronger every year."

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