Excitement ramping up ahead of Racing Home for Easter festival
The Mallow Racing Home for Easter Festival is set to return for its ninth outing this year, with the new organising committee chair, Mallow Chamber President Pat Hayes, pledging the event would be "bigger and better than ever before".
Established in 2010, the festival has gone from strength-to-strength with each passing year attracting thousands of people to Mallow over the course of the Easter Weekend to enjoy three glorious days of racing at the Cork Racecourse.
However, the festival is not just about 'the sport of king's' as Mallow will once again set to be transformed into a festival hub with a full programme of events set to take place at venues across the town.
Preparations for the 2018 festival have been in full swing since the turn of the year with Mr Hayes saying the committee, under the auspices of Mallow Chamber, is in the process of putting the finishing touches to a "wonderful programme of top class entertainment."
"Mallow Chamber has been working closely with Cork County Council, the Kanturk/Mallow Municipal authority, music and drama groups, Tidy Towns, volunteers and sponsors to bring everything together. Without their support it would be impossible to run an event on this scale," said Mr Hayes.
"I would sincerely like to thank all those who contribute financially and/or contribute through giving of their free time to the festival. The support we received from all of the above is really appreciated," he added.
While the full festival programme has yet to be unveiled, the line-up of events will get underway on the Friday with Mallow Tidy Towns hosting a 'Pick Litter - Get Fitter' event. Saturday and Sunday will see the return of the popular food and craft fair with the grounds of Mallow Castle also set to host a pipe bands performance on Easter Monday.
"There will also be a vast array of daytime on-street entertainment and activities across the weekend, with local pubs and restaurants ensuring the fun will continue on each evening," said Mr Hayes.
"The full programme of events will be available to view at www.racinghomeforeaster.com over the coming days. Take a look and come along to savour the atmosphere and enjoy all that Mallow has to offer over the Easter Weekend," he added.
Mr Hayes said the committee is still seeking volunteers to help organise and steward some of the many events taking place over the course of the festival.
"Anyone who wants to get involved and help in any way can contact festival coordinator Geri Murphy on 089 242 6433," said Mr Hayes.