Sunday 26 May 2019

Festive treat at the castle

Christmas food fayre at Swords Castle was tasty!

Conor, Sadie and Esme Reynolds
Conor, Sadie and Esme Reynolds
Alan, Deirdre, Nathan and Lauren Phoenix
Fingal Mayor Mary McCamley with Peter Monks and Louise Corbally
Oliver and Siobhan O'Neill

John Manning

Swords Castle was the spectacular backdrop to the Fingal capital's first Christmas Food Fayre in the run-up to the Christmas holidays.

The event was hosted by Fingal County Council and Keogh's Crisps, one of Fingal's most successful food companies, producing their unique brand of crisps at their family-run business in Oldtown.

The Swords Christmas Food Fayre ran for two days at Swords Castle on the weekend before Christmas and drew big crowds to the castle to sample the fayre on offer.

More than 30 stalls filled the Castle courtyard offering everything from quality local food to beverages hot and cold, Christmas crafts and much more.

The event took place for eight hours each day from 12 noon until 8pm and proved a huge hit with young and old alike and brought a real festive atmosphere to the county capital in the run up to the holidays.

Along with the food there was plenty of entertainment too with Christmas choirs filling the castle with festive song and there was plenty of little Rudolphs and Santa's elves running around the place thanks to the creativity of some face painters that were there to provide the kids with a festive face to wear for the day.

No doubt some last minute stocking fillers were purchased by those who attended, many of whom hoped the fayre would become a permanent fixture on the Christmas calendar in Swords.

Christmas Carols in the beautifully restore chapel at Sword Castle were a highlight of not only this event, but of the Christmas season in Swords.

It was two days of terrific family fun and credit is due to everyone who helped put the event together from Fingal County Council's events team, to major sponsor, Keogh's Crisps to all of the stall holders and entertainers as well as the people of Swords who came along and supported the event.

Here's to Christmas 2018 and hopefully the return of an even bigger and better Christmas Food Fayre to Swords Castle.

This was the final Swords Castle event of the year in a year that cemented the castle's new found place at the heart of community events in Swords.

During the year it hosted everything from the Fingal Film and Arts Festival, to a spectacular fireworks display at Halloween to local playwright David Gilna's triumphant return to a home audience with his hit play, My Bedsit Window.

2018 will bring even more events and greater access to Swords Castle as it continues to be the beating cultural heart of the county capital and of the Swords Cultural Quarter.

Fingal Independent