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Saturday 24 August 2019

Fans were 'All Shook Up' at annual Elvis festival

Ken Freeman, Myles Kavanagh, John O’Brien, Bernie Heaney, Anthony Farrell and Tony Reilly at the Elvis Roots Festival in Hacketstown
Ken Freeman, Myles Kavanagh, John O’Brien, Bernie Heaney, Anthony Farrell and Tony Reilly at the Elvis Roots Festival in Hacketstown

Eimear Dodd

There was a great turnout for the Elvis Roots Festival in Hacketstown, County Carlow last Sunday.

Now in its fifth year, the festival celebrates the Presley family's ancestral roots in Eagle Hill, Hacketstown. Over 500 fans of the King of Rock and Roll visited during a busy day to enjoy music, entertainment and the good weather.

Irish country music star Bernie Heaney performed a set from 2 p.m. with fans enjoying a 90 minute show. Irish Elvis Anthony Farrelly also performed at the festival and there was a jiving competition where visitors could put on their blue suede shoes to dance.

The classic and vintage car show was another highlight of the day. Car and film enthusiasts had the chance to admire one of the American muscle cars used in the Fast and Furious movie franchise.

There was street entertainment including face painters, fire breathers, and a Wild West magic show. Barbecue cowboys served hot food with their big smoker adding to the atmosphere.

Neil Cash, member of the organising committee, said 'it was a brilliant day. Hacketstown is beautiful and steeped in history. We will now try to get something more permanent in place to honour the Presley family's heritage.'

Wicklow People

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