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Saturday 24 August 2019

No shortage of fun at annual Roundwoood Festival

Eva Doyle, Rachel Lacey, sisters Aoife and Ashling Stacey who were the winners of the U17 Girls race, Ella McAulay and Grace Cullen
Eva Doyle, Rachel Lacey, sisters Aoife and Ashling Stacey who were the winners of the U17 Girls race, Ella McAulay and Grace Cullen

Myles Buchanan

The Roundwood Festival featured five action-packed days of activities culminating with a street party on Sunday.

One of the highlights of the festival each year is the canoe race which takes place on the Upper Vartry Reservoir.

A large crowd gathered at the excellent viewpoint offered by the dam as they watched the exciting action take place. Jim McCabe was put to the test identifying the participants, and once gain, he nailed it.

Another hectic night took place on Friday with lots of families taking part in the céilí in Roundwood Parish Hall. William Benton provided the live music, while Sheila Kavanagh put everyone through their paces.

An Tóchar GAA Centre hosted a fun, family challenge on Thursday evening. Mel, Oscar, Lucas Nolan and Karina Pierce landed the title for Molk's Team in what was one of the most closely contested finals imaginable. The Hong Kong Doyle's were unlucky not to take gold once again. Master of ceremonies was Jim McCabe.

The festival began last Wednesday with a guided tour of the grounds of Glendalough House, led by Annamoe man Willie Rochford.

There were some great, and some not so great skills on display at the Vartry soccer grounds for a match pitting local veterans against other competitors.

Things drew to a close on Sunday with a busy schedule of events, beginning with a clay pigeon shoot hosted by Carrick Glen Gun Club at Carrignamuck Upper in Ashford.

A vintage car parade through the village took place in the afternoon, accompanied by a IUNVA colour party and a loan piper.

The inter pub barman and inter club fun races also drew plenty of attention. The festival raffle was followed by Roundwood's first ever downhill ball race. Field attractions included a pets corner, dog show, face painting, guess the weight of the lamb and wellie throwing.

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