Monday 23 September 2019

Ireland's first ever buggy parade rolls through Balbriggan town

John Manning

Ireland's first-ever buggy parade launched the inaugural Our Balbriggan Grasshoppers Festival, held recently in the town.

The Festival is dedicated to the under-sixes and celebrates the fact that Balbriggan has youngest percentage population in Ireland.

It all kicked off with a big 'push' with an open invitation to decorate prams or buggies and join the buggy parade from Market Green.

Grasshoppers is the brainchild of Acting Up Arts and is fully supported by Our Balbriggan ( and Fingal County Council.

The Festival is one of the 20 things to happen in the first 12 months of the Our Balbriggan Plan, which will see a €20m-plus rejuvenation of the town, led by a community vision, over three years.

'We have already enjoyed a number of fantastic summer festivals and, as the Plan develops, there is more to come which the whole area will enjoy,' said Emer O'Gorman, Fingal County Council's Director of Economic, Enterprise and Tourism Development.

The celebration of early years communities saw visiting companies from Croatia, Lithuania, Romania and Belgium perform workshops for various age groups and families.

There was also be an exhibition of 'Our Community' pre-school artwork in the library, Millfield and along the Main Street where Balbriggan's youth describe their home town.

The festival was organised by Cliodhna Noonan of Acting Up!

Fingal Independent