Magic reigns in fairy-filled Kilfynn

Memorable weekend as the sixth Fairy Festival delights once more

Beckey Hussey, Rachell Quirke and Chloe McElligott from Tralee pictured at the fabulous fairy trail in Kilflynn Village during the 2019 Kilflynn Enchanted Fairy Festival at the weekend. Photos: Domnick Walsh
Beckey Hussey, Rachell Quirke and Chloe McElligott from Tralee pictured at the fabulous fairy trail in Kilflynn Village during the 2019 Kilflynn Enchanted Fairy Festival at the weekend. Photos: Domnick Walsh
Avery Riordan, Fionn Lyons and Orlaith Lyons were all smiles at the Kilfynn Enchanted Fairy Festival

Fergus Dennehy

A week on from the burning of their beloved mascot - the giant straw teddy bear named Ted - organisers of the 2019 Kilflynn Enchanted Fairy Festival were basking in an altogether more positive glow: another hugely successful outing for the festival.

Now into its sixth year, the festival's magic shows no signs of waning as crowds of families flocked to the village for a weekend of fairy-filled fun.

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For those un-wise to the ways of the festival, the premise is simple: each and every year for the past six years without fail, fairies and their houses magically appear all around the village which locals and visitors can visit on the area's famous fairy trail where fairy houses are dotted all along the trail for the kids and adults to find.

Speaking about this year's event which was held over the weekend, PRO for the festival, Niamh Abeyta, said that they were once again delighted with how everything went.

"Everything went smoothly over the two days. There were no major hiccups that we couldn't handle so overall we think it was a very successful weekend and we're looking forward to next year again," she said, speaking on Monday morning.

"It's a great thing for families to be able to connect over. Seeing the kids faces light up as they see the houses, it's fantastic really," she continued.

One of the newest additions to this year's festival and one of the highlights of the weekend was the 'Fairy Grand National' race which saw kids and adults alike hopping on a hobby horse and racing to the finish line - where of course a gold star for each participant was waiting.

It wasn't just families though that benefited from the festival with a number of local community groups and organisations given the opportunity to fundraise through the festival. Some of the locals involved this year were St Teresa's N.S, Crotta GAA, local camogie club, Abbeykillix, a local toddler group and the Abbeydorney and Kilflynn community games groups.

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