Town set for ceol and craic with ballad and folk festival
Templeshannon is set to come alive to the sound of Trad music over the weekend as the second annual Enniscorthy Folk & Ballad Festival tunes up. Getting underway on Friday night, the festival runs until Sunday with shows taking place in Treacy's Hotel, D-Bar, Toss Kavanagh's, Popovici's, Benedicts, Stamps and Doyle's of Market Square.
This year's festival, once again, has a strong line-up traditional music which, organisers are hopeful will attract people from all over the country. 'A great crowd is expected from all over Ireland,' said Sharon Morrissey of Treacy's Hotel, one of those behind the festival. 'We have people booked into Treacy's from Kerry, Ennis, Laois, Dublin and all over Ireland. Being a UK bank holiday, we got many Northern Irish visitors last year and some of these, along with others from the UK, had re-booked their stay as early as February this year. It's only in its second year, but we are positive it will grow from strength to strength.'
The festival was officially launched on Sunday night with Paul Watchorn of The Dubliners as special guest and he was impressed by a wonderful line-up which includes Clover, The Navvies, Reillys Men, Blackstairs Rebels and The Druids, who will close the festival on Sunday night at 11.30 p.m. in Benedicts. For more info on the festival and a full programme of events, visit the Irish Folk and Ballad Festival Facebook page or call Treacy's Hotel on 053 9237798.