Monday 17 June 2019

Fire storm engulfs Mallow Town Park

Mallow Arts Festival launched in a blaze of glory as flames light up the night sky

Sheila Fitzgerald

As twilight meandered across the evening sky over Mallow on Friday night, ending yet another idyllic summery day, hundreds of families descended on the town park to enjoy the magical Inferno Fire Show. 

The spectacular show is a heady mix of circus skills, drama and theatrical fire manipulation drawn together by seamless choreography and characterisation. 

Using a mixture of custom-made fire equipment and small pyrotechnics, the performers started off in a somewhat low-key manner building to a stunning crescendo to the sound of 'Great Balls of Fire', inducing shrieks of delight and awe from the hordes of children enjoying the spectacle. 

The magnificent show heralded the launch of the second annual Mallow Arts Festival, which will run at venues across the town over five days from next Wednesday (July 25). 

The chair of the festival organising committee, Tadhg Curtis, said he was delighted to see so many people had turned up for the show. 

"It was a great way to launch this year's festival, which will incorporate many free events in its expansive programme, said Tadhg.

"Our thanks go to all of the venues and we are hugely grateful to our sponsors and particularly to our major sponsors, Cork County Council, the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow Credit Union and the Arts Council of Ireland," he added.

In addition, Tadhg urged people to support another key sponsor, Hobart Enterprises, who will host a charity day at Mallow Castle on Saturday, July 28  where a theatrical production of 'Robin Hood' will be staged at 12 noon. Tadhg also paid tribute to the hard working committee who put this year's programme of approximately 50 events together. 

"Our reward will be to see the public support the events over the five days," he said. The arts festival programme brochure is available throughout town and the list of events can be accessed online on the Mallow Arts Festival Facebook page.