It’s car­toon time in Rath­drum!

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The ex­hi­bi­tion will fea­ture art and crafts by lo­cal artists. There will also be in­ter­ac­tive work­shops for chil­dren and adults, art demon­stra­tions and chil­dren’s art com­pe­ti­tion. Come down and meet the artists who pro­duce these beau­ti­ful art­works and crafts.

FUN ON THE QUAYS

The RNLI Ark­low Mar­itime Fes­ti­val roars into life with a day of fun ac­tiv­i­ties on the quays. Fea­tur­ing a bouncy cas­tle, stitches boat rides, zorb wa­ter­ball, fes­ti­val train trips and the vin­tage Tub Boat Brock­le­bank Mu­seum, there will be fun for all ages. A stunt drive Ire­land ex­hi­bi­tion will take place at 8 p.m., as will the ever-pop­u­lar Vik­ing Land­ings and ‘raid’ fea­tur­ing Ark­low Sea Scouts.

CANOE RACES

This clash of the ca­noes is al­ways a pop­u­lar event at the Round­wood Fes­ti­val. All safety equip­ment is sup­plied for the vet­eran, adult and youth com­pe­ti­tions, which are open to all swim­mers aged 13 and over. Park­ing will be avail­able at Round­wood AFC on the Bray Road. Cost of en­try is €5.

VET­ERAN CHAL­LENGE MATCH

Come along as see some of the lo­cal stars of yester-year pull on their boots and go head-to-head for brag­ging rights on the soc­cer pitch.

FAM­ILY CÉILI AND SET DANC­ING

Join Sheila Ka­vanagh and the McGrath Flood School of Ir­ish Danc­ing for a fun time. Suit­able for all

FUN ON THE QUAYS DOG SHOW

SOME of the most tal­ented and re­spected artists and il­lus­tra­tors out there will fea­ture as part of the Rath­drum In­ter­na­tional Car­toon Fes­ti­val.

The fes­ti­val was orig­i­nally the brain­child of the late car­toon­ist Terry Willers, along with Mar­tyn Turner, and ran for six years from 1992. In its hey­day it was con­sid­ered one of the finest Car­toon fes­ti­vals in all of Europe.

Now 25 years af­ter the first fes­ti­val, it has been de­cided to re­new the event which will run over this week­end.

The im­mensely tal­ented and in­flu­en­tial Terry Willers will be re­mem­bered with an ex­hi­bi­tio0n of his work tak­ing place above Cen­tra on Rath­drum’s Main Street, start­ing on Fri­day.

Old faces who at­tended pre­vi­ous Rath­drum In­ter­na­tional Car­toon Fes­ti­vals will also be pre­sent. Big names set to fea­ture in­clude Alan Clarke, Tom Hal­l­i­day, Greame Keyes, Tim Leatherbar­row, Guy Carter, Tom Matthews, Ai­dan Cooney, Wee Skrib­bles The ex­hi­bi­tion will fea­ture art and crafts by lo­cal artists.

The RNLI Ark­low Mar­itime Fes­ti­val con­tin­ues with an­other day of en­ter­tain­ment and fun. There will be boat trips, zorb wa­ter­ball, train trips, the South East Archers, Fal­conry Ire­land, a mu­sic stage, model boats, pick-a-duck, food stalls and much more. The Ark­low Sail­ing Club Re­gatta will be held and there will be a dog show (2 p.m.) and the bless­ing of the fleet (1.30 p.m.)

FAM­ILY STREET FES­TI­VAL

The Round­wood Fes­ti­val cul­mi­nates in a jam-packed day of fun, field day events. Events will be­gin with a Post 21 IUNVA colour party and vin­tage car pa­rade and there will be plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing bungee tram­po­line, fal­conry ex­hi­bi­tion, tug o’war, duck herd­ing, pets cor­ner, kids’ cor­ner, sheaf pitch­ing, nappy hang­ing and horse shoe throw­ing. There will also be a craft mar­ket in Round­wood Parish Hall from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The fun, an­nual dog show in aid of Wick­low An­i­mal Wel­fare will take place dur­ing the car boot sale. Reg­is­tra­tion will take place at 1.30 p.m. with the show start­ing at 2 p.m. There will be a big raf­fle on the day and pplen­tyy of stalls.

This fam­ily fun day will fea­ture all the usual at­trac­tions, in­clud­ing bouncy cas­tle, ob­sta­cle course, face paint­ing, penalty kick, races, gold fish, the ever-pop­u­lar dog show and plenty of re­fresh­ments. Raf­fle lines are cur­rently on sale, with plenty of great prizes up for grabs.

KING AND QUEEN OF THE WELLIES

Con­tes­tants will take on a 2km race, fol­lowed by an ob­sta­cle course, with the first three home qual­i­fy­ing for a short de­cider race. There will also be the Prince and Princess of the Wellies, kid­dies races and prizes for the best home­made fancy dress, funki­est wellies and lots more. All money raised goes to­wards Balt­in­glass Hos­pi­tal Pa­tients Com­fort Fund. All com­peti­tors must be in full-length wellies and op­tional fancy dress. En­try to the main race costs €5.

SOAP­BOX DERBY

Prams, wash­ing ma­chines and wheel­bar­rows are in short sup­ply as en­tries are put to­gether for one of the most pop­u­lar events of the Round­wood Fes­ti­val. Come along and watch the cre­ative en­tries fly down the street...but will the get to the other end?

CROSS­ROADS DANCE

The ex­cite­ment of the King and Queen of the Wellies event held ear­lier in the day will con­tinue at this com­mu­nity event in the vil­lage. Mu­sic will be pro­vided by the lively trio Hill­billy Porter and the prizes will be pre­sented to the ‘roy­als’.

FUNDRAIS­ING AUC­TION

A fundrais­ing auc­tion in mem­ory of Lenny Hughes will raise money forfo Ark­low RNLI. There will be fin­ger foodfo and mu­sic, as well as a raf­fle.

STREETST PARTY

The 2017 Round­wood Fes­ti­val comesco to an end with a street party fea­tur­ingfe the Roamin’ Cadil­lacs and a ses­sion with Brian and Mary.

’80S8 V ’90S BEN­E­FIT NIGHT

and Hugh Mad­den.

Michael Car­roll of 2000AD will hold a num­ber of work­shops on script writ­ing. Nu­mer­ous other work­shops will also take place, such as one from Eleanor Man­ion of RTE and an­other by Brown Bag Films.

A gala con­cert in St Saviour’s Church on Thurs­day in­cludes live mu­sic from Liam and James Kin­sella, along with spe­cial guest Les­lie Dow­dall, for­merly of In Tua Nua.

There will be live mu­sic in the square all week­end from the likes of Big Dig­ger, Paddy Byrne and Ricky Young. A busk­ing com­pe­ti­tion takes place on Sun­day. Sun­day will also be jam packed with ac­tiv­i­ties. High­lights will be the Car­i­ca­ture face off in the square Rath­drum’s very first Tri-Rath-lon chal­lenge. The Sun­day fi­nale of the fes­ti­val will be the fire­works dis­play kindly moved for­ward from its nor­mal date by the RDA, along­side mu­sic by The Ban­dits.

You can also get a lim­ited edi­tion 25th an­niver­sary T-shirts now from The Wise Owl Re­sale Shop in Rath­drum.

ART EX­HI­BI­TION CASTLE­TOWN FIELD DAY

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