Sunday 19 August 2018

Townlands helping to make dreams a reality

Bill Browne

Organisers of the Townlands Carnival in Macroom have underscored the event's reputation as a community focussed event through the donation of money to a local national school. 

The carnival, which will take place at Macroom's Rusheen Farm Estate over thee days from July 20, will see thousands of people descend on the venue to sample the festival atmosphere and enjoy music by top Irish and international acts. 

In keeping with its family and community focussed ethos, the Carnival has  nurtured close ties with the wider community across the area over the past four years. 

It has built up a particularly close bond with Ballyvongane National School near Coachford, with pupils and their families invited each summer to the join in the fun at the Rusheen Farm Estate. 

This year the Carnival has further cemented that long-running and fruitful relationship by donated the princely sum of €500 to help fund the school's new robotics project. The money will go towards the cost of buying new science and technology equipment for the school. 

Townlands Carnival director Sam Beshoff visited the school this week to hand over the cheque to appreciative staff and excited pupils.

"We're delighted to help out Ballyvongane NS with this donation and look forward to having the pupils enjoy our exciting families area and all of its activities again this year," said Sam. 

Headline acts for this years Townlands Carnival will include disco legends Sister Sledge, UK electronic pioneers Leftfield and Irish trad favourites Kíla. While music may be the main focus of the three-day extravaganza, there will be plenty going on around the carnival site.

For example the Village Green Area will host a diverse community of artists, musicians, environmental activists, slam poets, artisan craftspeople and foodies with the aim of generating a true community spirit while keeping carbon emissions to a minimum. 

In keeping with the family friendly ethos of the weekend, Townlands 18 will also incorporate plenty of attractions to keep the little ones occupied including the 'Shiver Me Timbers' family area, the hide-away Bell Tent for families with toddlers and the Kids Beatz Disco. 

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