Revived pattern draws crowds to Castlegregory

MARISA REIDY

A DECISION to rejuvenate Pattern Day in Castlegregory by incorporating a three-day programme of family events has been heralded as a huge success by members of Castlegregory Community Council.

Because many felt that the annual August 15 Pattern Day was on the decline in the village, a number of locals got together to bring new life to the old tradition. According to Milk Cahillane of the local community council, the move was hugely successful and the pattern helped attract hundreds of visitors to the village between Wednesday and Friday last.

"We planned three days of celebration around the annual pattern, which to be honest was more or less disappearing in the village." he said. "Despite the threat of a ' hurricane' on Wednesday, the event went off really well and we had loads of entertainment, especially for kids, and it was lovely to see so many local people coming back home for the event."

Among the highlights of the three-day event was the village's 21st annual horticultural show, which showcased a fantastic array of local produce at various stalls throughout the village. Visitors to the festival also enjoyed trad sessions throughout the pubs, a ballroom of romance, sand sculpting, theatre productions, nature trails and beach walks, as well as crab fishing, an adult treasure hunt, pitch and putt, a dog show, a teenage UV party and a lantern display.

"It really proved a great success and we will certainly be sticking to the three day festival next year, building around the August 15 Pattern Day," Mike said.

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