Huge crowds turn out for Moyvane Festival

Dnal Nolan

MOYVANE gathered its own home at the weekend as the village enjoyed its most successful annual festival ever - marking the 21st year of the event.

Hundreds thronged the streets of Moyvane, despite the bad weather, for a weekend of fun that included everything from concerts to Halloween parties, charity football matches, a massive hunt and much, much more.

"It was simply the best festival ever," Moyvane Development Association member Ursula Enright said. "The crowds we had were unreal with the bars and streets packed all weekend long, marking the 21st year of the Moyvane Village Festival in the best way possible."

The festival kicked off with a concert in a specially-erected marquee on Friday night; as groups the High Country and the Kilkennys pulled in thousands from all over north Kerry, west Limerick and even further afield.

"It's a fantastic event every year that brings Moyvane people home from all over the country, but we simply couldn't get over the crowds this year. The marquee was packed out on Friday night and we had over 140 people sitting down in the Marian Hall for the annual Boro Buffet at which Denis Doody of Kingdom Catering provided fantastic food," Ursula said.

The food was badly needed with the amount of events the following day, including a vintage show attended by regular visitors from as far as Armagh, Offaly and north Cork; a bonny baby competition, a glamorous granny competition (won by local woman Eileen Collins) and a trade and craft fair - all of it taking place in and around the Community Centre.

Local thespians the Boro Players, meanwhile, had everyone in stitches on Sunday night with the presentation of their comedy A Night to Remember. This followed a hugely entertaining variety show performed by the talented youth of the parish at the Marian Hall.

Monday brought events to a close with a North Kerry Harriers' hunt from the village - one of the biggest north Kerry hunts of the year - and the finals of a charity football tournament in aid of Cycle 4 Sick Children; a charity that was also supported by a number of events over the weekend.


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