Saturday 25 October 2014

Uphill in heels - it's all part of the summer fun at Ballyheigue

Marisa Reidy

Published 17/07/2013 | 05:36

Lucy, Emily, Molly, Roisin, Laura, Lou and Luke O'Donovan, Bouleeshere, with Jasper, Penny and Oscar the dogs at the summer festival dog show on Saturday

THEY couldn't have written away for better weather, so it's no surprise that organisers of this year's Ballyheigue Summer Festival are relishing another massively successful event, which saw record crowds flock to the seaside village for the week-long festival.

Hundreds of families thronged the beach and the village green for a truly amazing line up of entertainment, which ran from Friday July 5 right through to Sunday last. Massive credit is due to the committee who continues to come up with a host of fun attractions and events, while always managing to cater for the young and not so young.

While the party may have been coming to an end on Sunday afternoon, the crowds that gathered in the village gave a very different impression - with hundreds of visitors and locals alike savouring a great party atmosphere on another beautiful summer day.

While the children scrambled for places on the bouncy castles and dozens more happily made use of the playground facilities, young men enjoyed their pints al fresco while the sun worshipping ladies took full advantage of the day's rays on the beach.

The hottest talking point of the day's activities, however, was the array of fine specimens that made their way to Dolly's Green for the annual 'drag race' - a rare and somewhat unsettling sight to behold. But fair play to the dozen or so men who went to great efforts for the hilarious event, which saw them run uphill in heels and full ladies' regalia. Apparently the winner had come to the festival with his girlfriend just for a look around, but had soon convinced her to swap clothes so he could take part in the action.

Lady Luck was also shining on local girl Holly Carroll (left) the previous night, as she was was crowned this year's Festival Queen - chosen from 13 participants on July 13, during the 13th year of the festival.

Speaking to The Kerryman after the week-long summerfest, joint organiser John Brassil said he and his team were thrilled with its success.

"This year was a huge success and there's no point saying otherwise. Every business, pub, shop and restaurant had a bumper week and the weather of course was the icing on the cake," he said. "We couldn't have done it without the help of the council workers who kept the place spic and span and the local gardai who ensured there wasn't a single incident all week."

Cllr Brassil said that the festival has been growing year after year, and is now run on a budget of €20,000, which is generated through sponsors and local businesses.


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