Saturday 24 February 2018

Strawberry Fair is a real winner!

Sara Gahan

Huge crowds gathered all weekend for the 50th Strawberry Fair 2017 where special needs teacher Megan O'Shea from Edermine, sponsored by MRA Electrical Ltd was crowned the festival Queen for this year.

Last year's winner Rebecca O'Connor from Templescoby, who was sponsored by Enniscorthy Credit Union handed over her crown after a very successful year of being ambassador for Enniscorthy.

Organiser Jimmy Gahan said: 'It was the most successful festival we have had so far and I think that is down to combining the Street Rhythms and Strawberry Roots Festival with it for the first time.

We had massive crowds all weekend and traders in the town were extremely happy with the business. The future of the fair has been secured.'

More than 1,700 children waited patiently to enter Willy Wonka's Wonderland in Enniscorthy Castle which was hosted by the Rathnure Pantomime Society.

Its success was under estimated as a queue could be seen going all the way back to the Square, which left more than 400 children disappointed as they did not get to view Willy Wonka's factory.

This year, Treacy's Hotel were the overall winners of the Pub Talent 2017, stopping the previous champions, The Slaney Inn, Oylegate, from getting three in a row.

Other winners included: Paddy Maher (Slaney Inn) - Best Male Singer; Therese Canavan Bolger (Treacy's Hotel) - Best Female Singer; The Millennium Bar, Davidstown - Best Pub; Brigid Sinnott and Padraig Sinnott (Stamp's) - Best Instrumentalist; Tina Dunbar (The Hill) - Best MC; The Bell Boys (Treacy's Hotel) - Best Comedy.

Nibbles Food Emporium from Cork were presented with an award for being this year's winners at the All Ireland Farmers Market 2017, which was held throughout the weekend. Owner Eleanor Leahy specialises in dietary restriction, this love of good food has resulted in breads and cakes, which are a delicious alternative to the long-life products currently available.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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