Lo­cal ladies win prizes at Golden Years Fes­ti­val

Bray People - - NEWS -

A Bray con­tin­gent went to the Water­ford Golden Years Fes­ti­val last month and earned a great se­lec­tion of prizes for their ef­forts there.

Ail­ish Ein­nis won the art com­pe­ti­tion, with Glo­ria Mar­shall in sec­ond place while He­len Dolan was highly com­mended.

Mean­while, Sylvia Keogh won third prize in the singing com­pe­ti­tion at the fes­ti­val which was held over Novem­ber 10, 11 and 12.

The ladies were show­ing off their awards at the Lit­tle Flower Hall last week in Bray. Fes­ti­val sec­re­tary Babs Murphy said that hun­dreds of peo­ple came from all over the coun­try to Water­ford for the three-day event. The late ac­tress Anna Mana­han founded the fes­ti­val, say­ing that older peo­ple should be proud of their achieve­ments and cel­e­brate their con­tri­bu­tion to so­ci­ety.

The tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion was held over two nights in the Tower Ho­tel, where the art ex­hi­bi­tion was also sit­u­ated. Babs said that the stan­dard of both was ex­tremely high. The tal­ent show in­cluded ev­ery type of song and genre of mu­sic.

Ac­tive re­tire­ment groups from all over Ire­land sent groups to the Water­ford fes­ti­val which has been on an­nu­ally for 11 years.

Ac­cord­ing to Babs, next year’s event is al­ready or­gan­ised and many of those go­ing have al­ready booked in to the ho­tel. On the fi­nal day of this year’s fes­ti­val, there was a sing-song with ev­ery­one join­ing in. There was a fes­ti­val ball, a race meet­ing and much more.

Art com­pe­ti­tion win­ners Glo­ria Mar­shall (sec­ond), win­ner Alish Ein­nis and He­len Dolan (com­mended).

Phyl­lis Evens with Sylvia Keogh who was third in the singing com­pe­ti­tion at Golden Years Fes­ti­val Water­ford

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