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Saturday 24 August 2019

Cartoon madness at international festival

The 2019 Rathdrum Cartoon Festival was launched by cartoonist and local Ballinaclash man Alan Clarke
The 2019 Rathdrum Cartoon Festival was launched by cartoonist and local Ballinaclash man Alan Clarke

Myles Buchanan

All roads led to Rathdrum over the weekend for the International Cartoon Festival, which has now taken place for the past three years running since its return in 2017.

The original festival ran from 1992 to 1997 and was devised by renowned cartoonists the late Terry Willers and Martyn Turner.

Internationally acclaimed artists such as Owen Coveney, Colin Campbell, Aidan Cooney, Mark Corrigan, Fintan Taite and Alan Nolan were all in attendance

Illustrator, sculptor and writer Alan Clarke officially opened the festival on Saturday afternoon, followed by a fancy dress competition. There were also performances by the Arklow Ukulele Players, The Fairy Hooper and Lisa Lioness.

Later that night, both Colm Lawlor and the Bid Digger took to the stage and performed in front of a lively crowd.

Jack Allen was deemed the winner of the hugely popular caricature face off.

Sunday started off with a street market from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. There were also a number of workshops held throughout the festival.

A finished video form the stop-motion animation workshop with Marc Corrigan is available to view at the festival's official Facebook page.

There was further live music at Market Square in the evening, featuring Sil Ivers, Flashback and Feel the Pinch. Other festival highlights included a well attended dog show and a fun fair on Fair Green.

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