Sunday 18 February 2018

Sweet memories made at fantastic festival

AFTER another hugely successful Rush Harbour Festival, the hard-working and dedicated organising committee took some time out to look back on the event and put on record their thanks for all those who supported this fantastic community event in this piece written for the Fingal Independent.

ANOTHER great festival has come to an end, the marquee is gone, the flags are down and the park looks a bit sad without all the festival trimmings but the air still echoes with the sounds of laughter and fun, sounds and memories that will hopefully keep us all smiling throughout the winter days ahead.

What an amazing few days our community have shared; friends came from far and wide to enjoy the festivities.

It was heart-warming to see people come out in huge numbers to enjoy the events, despite the rain. The sun was a welcome friend on the Monday as it shone brightly for the final day's activities.

Huge respect to the girls and girlettes of Rush who donned the high heels, put on the party frocks and braved what could only be described as monsoon conditions to attend The Dionnes on Saturday night.

Nothing was going to stop Rush partying at the festival marquee over the weekend.

The people of Rush can be proud of its community - courtesy and gratitude was the order of the weekend.

Such lovely memories to take home - it was great to see young and old and every age in between chat, dance, compete, mingle, take photos and just be together.

Our sponsors who provided so generously have our sincerest gratitude. They gave us Bosco, Toots the Train, our 5k/10k race, colouring competitions, sandcastle competitions, plus many others gave to various events and provided prizes for the raffle.

To all the bands and musicians who performed in the park to entertain us during the day, a huge thank you.

The event could not have taken place without the help and support of Fingal County Council and Fingal Leader partnership, the local gardai and St John's Ambulance crew, who ensured each event ran safely and smoothly.

A warm and sincere 'thank you' also to each and every volunteer, too many to mention, who stood for many hours in the relentless rain to guide our runners, manage traffic, co-ordinate 'Toots', escort our patrons, man the doors, sell raffle tickets, take photos, patrol the park, move furniture, or any other task required of them.

Their smiles and laughter as they worked at the festival made the event even more memorable and special for everyone who attended.

The spirit of volunteerism was never so well displayed as it was over this weekend in Rush. The pride the people of Rush showed in their town was evident throughout the weekend everyone worked together to ensure the festival was a huge success.

To the clubs and groups who gave their time so freely, thank you. Your help and support are invaluable to the festival and we thank you all.

One of the highlights of the weekend would have to be our visit from Rory Cowan.

Rory gave so much of his time on the day to greet and meet everyone in the park, getting photos taken and catching up with some old friends.

His genuine interest in Rush and its people was warmly appreciated by the crowds who turned out to meet him - he has returned all those holidays memories to us for future generations to recall.

Thank you for your trust and support - 'till next year from (a very weary) festival committee: Anne McCrudden, Angela Byrne, Clodagh Kelly, Eamon Price, Emer Byrne, Peter Smullen and Sean Murphy.

Fingal Independent

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