Join in the fun of our great festival weekend
MALLOW natives Canon Sheehan, Thomas Davis and William O'Brien will be remembered through literary trails and the unveiling of a plaque at Mallow Library.
There will also be workshops on the history of Mallow Castle's famous protected white deer and the history of the castle, Mallow Train Station, Davis St and The Spa by Dan Doolan.
Tim Sheehan will also take people on a fascinating guided walk of the surrounding countryside.
Budding writers can pick up tips at the writer workshop hosted by author, scriptwriter and poet John W Sexton at Mallow Library.
The atmospheric surroundings of St James' Church will play host to two concerts, one with country and Irish theme featuring Dave Rea.
The second concert will bring the festival to a close and will feature Cor Magh Ealla and the choirs of St Mary's Secondary School, Davis College and the Patrician Academy.
Pre 1940s Vintage Car Run
(Saturday and Sunday)
ORGANISED by Jimmy Bohan, this will bring an added element of horsepower to this year's festival with more than 60 vintage motors from across the globe to the Blackwater Valley for Easter.
The Vintage car run will leave Springfort Hall at 10.30am on Easter Saturday on a tour of North Cork and South Limerick. The route will take in Newtwopothouse, Churchtown, Ardpatrick and Doneraile before returning back to Mallow at 6.30pm.
On Easter Sunday people will get the chance to view the motors close up when their proud owners will display them in the Market Green area, creating memories that will last a lifetime.
Food and Craft Fair
ONE of the highlights of the weekend will be the return of the food and craft fair, sponsored by the North Cork Enterprise Board.
Once again the fair, which will run from 9am-2pm on Easter Sunday, will be a pleasant assault on the senses with a plethora of locally produced foodstuffs and art.
Organised by Ian Lucey, the fair has come under the umbrella of the festival and continues to go from strength to strength. With jugglers, facepainters, a mobile pet farm and a mobile library for storytelling there will be something to suit all the family.
The Rotary Ball Run will take place along O'Brien Street at 1pm, with money from the purchase of balls going to local charities.
Street Performance Competition
THIS eagerly anticipated event will provide talented young people and adults a welcome opportunity to sing out loud to their hearts content.
Solo musicians, singers or groups are welcome to take up the challenge to trying to catch the attention of the guest judge.
Prizes will be on offer for first, second and third in each category, with the under 15s performing from 1pm-3pm and over 16s from 3pm-5pm.
Pitches will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, with booking via Susan Brennan on 086 3530401.
Music, Entertainment, Amusements and More at Mallow Castle
THE castle will be the home of the staged music and entertainment element of the festival from Noon to 7.30pm.
In addition to two performances by renowned juggler Johnny D'Juggler and his hilarious sidekick Marcel So What there will be a host of local talent on show, including Alan Buckley, Beneath the Sun, Jonathan, Palm Juice, Dave Skinner, Exit Fire, Deuces Wild and the Mallow School of Dance.
There will also be plenty of amusements including a rodeo bull, giant crocodile, carousel, bouncing castle, bungee trampoline and a rock climbing wall.
Proud of your pet? If so, there is only one place to be at noon on Easter Saturday.
Now in its fourth year, the pet show is again being organised by Pat and Theresa from Country Lifestyle and is a wonderful way to kick off the weekend in style.
Family Fun Cycle
WHAT better way to burn off the calories from those chocolate eggs than taking to two wheels for a fun 10k cycle?
The event will leave from the Mallow GAA complex in Carrigoon at 11am, with registration from 10.30am.