Ballyheigue sizzles at Summer Festival
Crowds flock to North Kerry tourist spot as sun lends a helping hand to popular annual event
Eight days and hundreds of visitors later, the curtain has once again come down on another hugely successful year of the Ballyheigue Summer Festival.
Organisers will no doubt have said a grateful prayer over the weather over the last week as the seaside tourist venue soaked up the sun as they enjoyed all of the 60 different events that were on offer - thus showing why the festival is always one of the most highly anticipated weeks on the local calendar.
Festivities included an ice cream party, a beach clean up, a men’s soccer blitz, pig racing, poker nights, a sand castle competition and much more, ensuring that there was something for everyone to enjoy over the last few days.
Local TD John Brassil was one of those singing the praises of the festival, calling it “another huge success” and praising all the work of the organisers and all those who participated in the festivities.
The HB Ice Cream Party which was held last week was deemed a huge success as it raised the impressive sum of €554 for Down Syndrome Ireland.
One of the most bizarre and enjoyable parts of the weekend came on Sunday morning as scores of people gathered on the beach to take part in the annual egg tossing competition - a sight that needs to be seen to be believed, with Deputy John Brassil even allowing himself to be splattered over the head with eggs, as part of the good-natured banter on the day.
Newly crowned Kerry Rose Sally Anne Leahy was one of the guests of honour at the festival as she was spotted at the tension-filled tennis ball rolling competition on Saturday evening.