Sunday 16 June 2019

Carnival time ready to kick off in Castlelyons

Maria Herlihy

Carnival time is coming to Castlelyons with a week of down-to-earth, riveting fun in store for all ages.

To get the groove going, there will be a disco on Saturday, August 4, by a DJ from Disco 2000, who has just returned from gigs in London. 

However, bookings must be made in advance at Castlelyons Community Centre on Monday, and the disco will be held from 8pm to 11pm. There will be no alcohol at this event, and tickets can be pre-purchased for €10.   

From 1pm on Sunday, August 5, there will be 'Picnic in The Park' at Fr Ferris Park and, according to James Ronayne, people should come along as there is endless fun lined up, including children's sports, a dog show with an international judge, as well as archery and lots more. 

Another event organised for the week isbBingo, which will be held on Monday, August 6, at 3pm.  On Tuesday, there will be a four-mile road race in conjunction with St. Nicholas AC. And, not forgetting the smallies, there will be a  tots disco with competitions and prizes.  

On Thursday, a flower and fashion show will take place, with a whole host of shops taking part.  The compère will be  Mary Barry-Donnellan, and refreshments will be served. 

On Friday, it is the  Active Retirement Night with music and refreshments on the cards. 

Mr Ronayne said: "So all you who are semi-retired and retired, or even thinking about retiring, come along; a great night is in store for you. "Saturday is a night of nights as we will host the first ever Mr and Mrs Show in Castlelyons... if the answers don't tally, woe begone the partner who gets it wrong." 

A barbecue will run in conjunction with this, and music will be by the one and only Mick Hayes.

Then on Sunday, August 12, a Taste of Cork and Waterford Food, Health and Craft Fare will commence at 12.30pm. 

This year 54 exhibitors are participating, with a vast array of products on display. 

"Most of these producers are small businesses trying to get their product and name know and perhaps a step on the direction of expansion," Mr Ronayne said. 

"Many will have nibbles and tipples of their produce, as well as natural cures for a variety of ailments," he added. 

Mr Ronayne said there will also be exhibitions by the local Rapid Response Unit and Fermoy Fire Brigade, as well as a fine display of Ford Model T Cars. Williams Amusements will also be in operation.