Thursday 23 November 2017

'Brilliant' festival goes out with a bang

Patricia McDonagh

Five days of partying by thousands of revellers celebrating the 2011 St Patrick's festival drew to a close in the capital yesterday.

This year's festival theme took its inspiration from 'Brilliant', Roddy Doyle's story about banishing the black dog of depression over Dublin, and getting the city's funny bone back.

And yesterday the final event of the festival took the theme to heart by turning Georgian Dublin into an oversized playground for children and adults. The free 'Big Day Out' fair offered tourists and Dubliners street theatre, music, craft and a giant funfair.

Among the acts were Sol Cinema, a stylish UK-based mobile cinema powered by the sun, and Belgium-based Planet Jump Rope which showcased a mix of hip hop and acrobatics.

Also on offer for children was a 'kids craft workshop' by the Crafts Council of Ireland.

The fair followed Saturday's National Lottery Skyfest fireworks display in Wexford, which attracted more than 52,000 spectators. 'Making Magic Happen' was the theme of this year's spectacle.

Crowds witnessed the town come alive as 1.6 tonnes of fireworks lit up the skies over the River Slaney -- and the largest pyrotechnic waterfall ever fired in Ireland, which spanned 300 metres across the river.

Last week more than 550,000 people turned out to see the annual St Patrick's Festival, which featured more than 3,000 performers, and was led by world boxing champion and Olympic medal hopeful Katie Taylor as Grand Marshal.

More than 7,000 people also participated in a Festival Ceili on Wednesday -- while the one-day literary event, DublinSwell, attracted 2,000 people.

Irish Independent

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