Week-long fes­ti­val kicks off in Avoca

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ACROSS SOUTH WICKLOW an ar­ray of ex­cit­ing events are al­ready sched­uled for The Gath­er­ing form part of the 82 na­tional events al­ready planned.

In Carnew, the reg­u­lar St. Pa­trick's Day Pa­rade will come alive in per­fect Gath­er­ing form.

Vis­i­tors from overseas and mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity will be out in force from 2p.m. to take in the colour­ful floats and ex­hibits.

Or­gan­is­ers are al­ready call­ing on schools, com­mu­nity groups, sport clubs and all other or­gan­i­sa­tions to get plan­ning and de­sign a float for the pa­rade.

It will con­clude at Coláiste Bhríde where prizes will be pre­sented. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­tact 087 4154899.

A very spe­cial week-long fes­ti­val will kick off in Avoca from Fri­day, May 24, for the Vale of Avoca Wel­come Home Week. This fes­ti­val will be cel­e­brat­ing na­tional poet Thomas Moore along with the rich min­ing her­itage in Avoca. On Fri­day 24, danc­ing at the cross­roads will get un­der­way with tra­di­tional mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment.

On Satur­day 25, par­tic­i­pants will en­joy ‘ Trace your routes' fol­lowed by a Thomas Moore Percy French night cel­e­brat­ing the works of th­ese two peo­ple later that evening.

Sun­day 26, will see Avoca GAA v Avoca play­ers from around the world fol­lowed by a fam­ily fun day and fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties. Vin­tage cars and more will be on dis­play.

The week will also fea­ture Beat on the Street, fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion and school re­u­nion and more de­tails will be posted nearer the time.

In Ark­low town the lo­cal House of Sto­ries will keep the flag fly­ing for The Gath­er­ing as mem­bers wel­come 60 Ir­ish em­i­grants from Birm­ing­ham.

From June 22-29 the House of Sto­ries will en­ter­tain and serve as guides to the vis­i­tors who will be based in the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel from where they will tour the county. This visit comes as the re­sult of strong links formed over the years with the Wicklow As­so­ci­a­tion chaired by Ms. Quee­nie Mul­vey who is a na­tive of Ti­na­hely.

School re­unions are al­ways a great way to catch up with old friends and ven­ture down me­mory lane.

Annacurra Na­tional School will wel­come back past pupils from near and far from June 23 to 30 for a fes­ti­val of events which in­clude a ceilí, walk through Rod­de­nagh Woods, School tour for past pupils, ex­hi­bi­tion of old pho­to­graphs, and lots lots more.

As part of the an­nual Ti­na­hely Show a spe­cial Wicklow Gath­er­ing In­ter­na­tional Sheaf Toss­ing com­pe­ti­tion will take place.

Or­gan­is­ers are build­ing on the ex­ist­ing Sheaf Toss­ing event which has bro­ken world records in 2010 and 2011. They will be invit­ing the best In­ter­na­tional Sheaf Tossers from all over the world to com­pete and try and break the cur­rent world record. This event is a very ex­cit­ing event to watch, a great crowd pleaser.

The House of Sto­ries team per­form­ing at the Ark­low St. Pa­trick’s Day pa­rade.

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