Sunday 25 August 2019

Streams festival flows with success

Cathaoirleach Kathleen Codd-Nolan, director of services John Carley and district manager Liz Hore
Cathaoirleach Kathleen Codd-Nolan, director of services John Carley and district manager Liz Hore
ArtBank director John Renwick with writer Phelim Kavanagh, who opened the festival

Brendan Keane

Bunclody was buzzing with activity recently when it played host to the annual Streams of Bunclody festival.

The event kicked off with the opening of the visual art exhibition at ArtBank featuring work by artists from all over the south east region.

The exhibition will remain on view until Saturday, August 3.

The theme of this year's festival was Irish myths and legends and the opening day parade depicted the infamous cattle raid at Cooley.

That was followed by a rock 'n' roll dancing demonstration courtesy of the dancers involved with the South East rock 'n' roll club and Enniscorthy rockin' food festival along with the Backbeats.

The opening day closed with an interpretation of myths and legends by the Celtic Fire dance crew.

A children's festival also formed part of the programme of events with a range of activities taking place in Carrigduff featuring workshops in circus skills, hula hoop, puppet-making and storytelling.

That aspect of the festival was sponsored by Carlow County Council, SuperValu and Glanbia.

In Market Square stall holders brought people back to a golden ere of trade when the centre of the town was bustling with trade activity and St Aidan's Hall provided the venue for refreshments and fresh local produce.

There was an eclectic mix of music throughout the weekend too and marionettes also provided a visual spectacle for locals and visitors.

The festival also included the world première of 'Conversation with the Count' which took place in St Aidan's Hall.

On Sunday the festival programme included more music and fun events in Market Square.

The organisers also used the opportunity to get the opinion of local people and visitors to find out how the festival can be improved by carrying out an anonymous survey.

The committee behind the event expressed gratitude to everyone who helped organise the festival and supported it including Wexford County Council, Enniscorthy Municipal District Council and Creative Ireland.

Local businesses and individuals were also praised for their ongoing support of the event.

Enniscorthy Guardian