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At the launch of the Wexford Festival Opera window display competition in Selskar Square on Friday afternoon were Karina Daly (Chairperson Local Engagement Commitee Wexford Opera festival), Mary Kelly Chairperson Wexford Festival Opera, Niamh Leahy EPA, Cllr Maura Bell Mayor of Wexford, Cllr Garry Laffan, Cllr John Hegarty, Ted Howlin and Ger Lawlor.

At the launch of the Wexford Festival Opera window display competition in Selskar Square on Friday afternoon were Karina Daly (Chairperson Local Engagement Commitee Wexford Opera festival), Mary Kelly Chairperson Wexford Festival Opera, Niamh Leahy EPA, Cllr Maura Bell Mayor of Wexford, Cllr Garry Laffan, Cllr John Hegarty, Ted Howlin and Ger Lawlor.

At the launch of the Wexford Festival Opera window display competition in Selskar Square on Friday afternoon were Elenaor Modler, Ellana O'Conor amd Maree Lyng

At the launch of the Wexford Festival Opera window display competition in Selskar Square on Friday afternoon were Elenaor Modler, Ellana O'Conor amd Maree Lyng

At the launch of the Wexford Festival Opera window display competition in Selskar Square on Friday afternoon were Nora Cosgrave, Karina Daly and Colm Murphy

At the launch of the Wexford Festival Opera window display competition in Selskar Square on Friday afternoon were Nora Cosgrave, Karina Daly and Colm Murphy

At the launch of the Wexford Festival Opera window display competition in Selskar Square on Friday afternoon were Elizabeth McKiernan, Shonagh Lyon, Niamh Leahy, Tom Mooney, Eleanor Modler, Alma Hynes and Yvonne Mays.

At the launch of the Wexford Festival Opera window display competition in Selskar Square on Friday afternoon were Elizabeth McKiernan, Shonagh Lyon, Niamh Leahy, Tom Mooney, Eleanor Modler, Alma Hynes and Yvonne Mays.

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At the launch of the Wexford Festival Opera window display competition in Selskar Square on Friday afternoon were Karina Daly (Chairperson Local Engagement Commitee Wexford Opera festival), Mary Kelly Chairperson Wexford Festival Opera, Niamh Leahy EPA, Cllr Maura Bell Mayor of Wexford, Cllr Garry Laffan, Cllr John Hegarty, Ted Howlin and Ger Lawlor.

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Magic and Music is the theme of the 2022 Window Display competition during the annual Wexford Festival Opera, which was launched in Selskar on Friday.

Wexford businesses are being encouraged once again to participate by decorating their windows during this year’s Festival in October.

“The Wexford Festival is deeply appreciative of the support it receives from the business community in the town,” said Festival board member, Karina Daly, at the launch at Greenacres.

“Visitors to the town have always let it be known that the decorated windows during the Festival is a fond memory for many.”

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An overhaul of the competition, with cash prizes for the best windows, was made last year with over 40 entries.

Participation in the Window Display Competition has never been easier: entrants must design a window display using the theme Magic and Music as their inspiration. An extra incentive is the fact that a creative team at Wexford Festival Opera is available to assist with ideas and with sourcing props. (Contact windowscompetition@wexfordopera.com)

A judging panel of four – Roberto Catalano, Director at Wexford Festival Opera; Emanuele Sinisi, set designer; Niamh Hatchell, EPA and Shonagh Lyons, presenter at Beat FM – will visit all of the participating shops between October 21 and 28.

Dr Mary Kelly, Chairperson of the Board of Wexford Festival Opera, also paid a special tribute to Wexford businesses for their creativity and said that the Cinderella Opera, which will be performed this year as part of the Festival, is a source of inspiration.

Mayor of Wexford, Maura Bell, described her very fond memories of walking through Wexford during Festival time and seeing the decorated shop fronts at every turn. She urged businesses to encourage neighbouring shops to get involved and asked those present to consider how amazing it would be for the town if all shops were decorated this year at Festival time.


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