Monday 19 March 2018

The King comes to town

Elvis Roots Festival in Hacketstown

Harry Strahan
Harry Strahan
John O' Brien and Joe Doyle
Austin Clarke
Flor and Sandra Giles

One might think it odd to see a large number of Elvis lookalikes roaming through the streets of Hacketstown but not during the Elvis Roots event, the country's only festival dedicated to the king of rock and roll.

Now in its fourth year, the festival is going from strength to strength and continues to celebrate Elvis's genealogical link to Aghowle, dating back to the early 1700s.

'This year was the best yet,' said organiser Mary Doyle. 'It is our way of putting Hacketstown on the map and everyone loves it.'

The popular event draws Elvis fans from all over the country - and indeed, overseas - as people combine a visit to Hacketstown with business or holidays.

'There is a great family atmosphere with something for everyone. We had lots for the children including a Punch and Judy Show, Disney characters and bouncy castle. For the adults, we had loads of competitions and evening entertainment,' Mary said.

The festival offered a great boost to local trade with many pubs and shops reporting a great weekend.

The overall Elvis Roots winner was Anthony Farrelly from Dublin while Dan Kirwan from Wexford picked up the Irish Elvis award.

As this year marks the 40th anniversary of Elvis's death, the committee are working hard to have a monument erected by the end of the year, and in time a small museum showcasing Elvis memorabilia.

Wicklow People