Tuesday 23 April 2019

Ardcath festival in full swing

ALL this week Ardcath is celebrating its big annual festival, with activities taking place for all ages and interests.

The event is organised every year by the Ardcath Parish Committee, which is chaired by Fr Phil Gaffney and he is very happy with the way the festival is panning out.Every second year we have the big Rose of Ardcath festival, which will be on next summer. This year we are having a smaller festival, but we?re still very pleased with the way it?s going,? he said.The festival is a big community based event and it?s great for bringing the people of the parish together, and of course for attracting people from outside. It took an awful lot of preparation to get everything to come together and I would say between one thing and the other everyone has been involved in organising the festival in some shape or form.?

The climax of the festival will be Sunday when the parish Patron Day takes place at the parish cemetery. However, there have already been plenty of events to keep the villagers occupied, while there are more fun nights in store before the festival winds up.

The action kicked off on Monday night with a big game of whist, which is known as a favourite pass time of the Ardcath population.

Tonight (Wednesday) the people will be pulling their poker faces and keeping their cards close to their face as the Poker Classic takes place in Bennett?s Pub at 9pm. Entry to the classic is e30 and a massive pot is awaiting the winner on the night.

A quiz night will be held in the same venue on Friday night at 9pm with excellent prizes for those with the best local and general knowledge. For the younger people, there will be a children?s disco in the Pavilion from 7-9pm.

The following night people will get a chance to get dressed up for a strictly over-18s theme night in Bennett?s Pub, with a DJ playing from 9pm until late.

Also on the Saturday, St Vincent?s GAA club is hosting a golf classic in Bellewstown Golf Club, while the following Saturday, September 15, a sports day will take place in St Vincent?s grounds with novelty races, slides an much more.The festival is the highlight of the year for a lot of people in the parish. I just hope the weather holds up on Sunday for the blessing of the graves,? Fr Gaffney concluded.