Sunday 20 January 2019

Festival fun in the Castle

Swords Summer Festival a huge success once again

Eileen Hopkins, Alison Coogan with Mark and Debi Rentzke at the Hothouse Flowers at Swords Castle
Eileen Hopkins, Alison Coogan with Mark and Debi Rentzke at the Hothouse Flowers at Swords Castle
Catherine Ambrose, Suzanne Mulvey and Crispin Rodwell at the Hothouse Flowers at Swords Castle

John Manning

Swords Castle and the Town Park came alive like never before over the weekend as the Swords Summer Festival returned to the Fingal capital.

There were a few changes this year with the event centring around Swords Castle and Swords Town Park with the usual Main Street festivities moved down to the historical quarter of the town to make way for water works

The concentration of events at these adjacent venues only added to the atmosphere as the people of Swords and beyond came out in their droves to enjoy a huge array of events over the three days of the festival.

It all kicked off last Friday night when the Abba fever surrounding the arrival of the Mamma Mia sequel in the cinemas was capitalised on by Fingal County Council's events team as they enlisted Abbaesque to open the weekend's festivities in the festival marquee.

Saturday welcomed back a firm favourite of the festival in a collaboration with Chandelier Events who presented the best in emerging local talent at Swords Castle Garden. There was six hours of family fun in Swords Town Park with everything from bouncy castles to zip lining and puppet shows as well as a food village and craft fair.

But there was no doubt as to the highlight of the festival when Swords Castle rocked like it has never rocked before with the arrival of Hothouse Flowers on Saturday night. A big crowd enjoyed a thrilling performance from the band who were on top form.

Sunday saw the return of family fun at the park and the festival ended with music in the marquee from Aidan Clerkin and Marvin and The Grooves.

Fingal Independent