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.
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.
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.