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CAR­TOON FES­TI­VAL

Af­ter all the weeks of plan­ning the Rath­drum In­ter­na­tional Car­toon Fes­ti­val is kick­ing off this Thurs­day with a con­cert in St Sav­ior’s Church from 19: 30, please come along to sup­port this event, tick­ets €10.The RDA are hold­ing a spe­cial bingo on Fri­day night.

The of­fi­cial open­ing of the fes­ti­val takes place at mid­day in the Mar­ket Square, mem­bers of the 1997 com­mit­tee along Terry Willers great grand­son, Jake, will be do­ing the hon­ors. Through­out Satur­day and Sun­day there are so many events hap­pen­ing, Terry Willers ex­hi­bi­tion cen­tre, work­shops, car­toon­ists about the town and the Car­toon Mar­quee.

We have lots of fam­ily events, street per­form­ers, live mu­sic, Chil­dren’s col­or­ing com­pe­ti­tion, drone demos, busk­ing com­pe­ti­tion and the fun­fair plus lots more. The fes­ti­val will close with the fire­works on Sun­day night. Our lim­ited edi­tion T-shirts will be on sale so make sure you pick up one be­fore they are all gone.

To keep things run­ning smoothly there will be traf­fic re­stric­tions in place through­out the week­end. We re­ally en­cour­age lo­cal res­i­dents to leave their cars at home as much as pos­si­ble. An Garda Síochána have rec­om­mended the clo­sure of the Main Street (be­tween the Laragh/lower street junc­tion and cross­roads) from 6: 30-10 p.m. on Satur­day and Sun­day. We ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­one’s co­op­er­a­tion through­out the week­end.

If you would like to help out over the week­end please con­tact Liam at 086 8383823 or Gil­lian at 086 0532614.Our com­mu­nity has re­ally come to­gether to make this hap­pen, we hope that ev­ery­one has a fun, safe week­end.

THURS­DAY WALKS

Last week’s walk took us into new ter­ri­tory when we headed out around Sle­maine and Bal­li­na­fun­shogue out­side Round­wood in­cor­po­rat­ing ‘The De­serted Scots Vil­lage’. The day lead­ing up to the walk was one of heavy show­ers but our luck was in and the 41 walk­ers never saw a drop of rain on their way round. We en­coun­tered some stun­ning scenery in­clud­ing views over Vartry Reser­voir, Lough Dan, Lough Tay and Lug­gala.

It also in­cluded some his­tor­i­cal back­ground on the De­serted Scots Vil­lage nes­tled among the trees on Bal­li­na­fun­shogue be­ing the last rem­i­ning ves­tiges of a large group of Scots, who farmed on the Lug­gala es­tate up to the time of the Great Famine and who em­i­grated en masse to Canada at that time. The re­mains of up to 40 houses with their as­so­ci­ated out­build­ings and stone walled fields can still be found there. All agreed that it was one of the best walks so far.

This week’s walk takes us to Old Downs Hill in Kilped­der. Meet as usual in the Me­mo­rial Park in Rath­drum for 7 p.m. and ad­j­cent to the Grove Bar in Kilped­der for 7.25.

BARN DANCE

The Moneystown barn dance and bar­be­cue in aid of Moneystown Com­mu­nity Cen­tre will take place on Satur­day, July 29, in the com­mu­nity cen­tre start­ing at 8.30 p.m. Mu­sic by the Three Bobs from 10 p.m. to mid­night then the Roamin Cadil­lacs from 12 a.m. to 2 a.m. and disco af­ter­wards. Food will be served till 11.30 p.m. Fully li­censed. Ad­mis­sion €20. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­tact 086 1504221. Look­ing for­ward to see­ing you all at what prom­ises to be a great night.

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