Drogheda’s first com­edy fes­ti­val Laugh out Louth

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

THE peo­ple be­hind Drogheda’s first ever com­edy fes­ti­val took to the streets re­cently to ask lo­cal res­i­dents what their favourite joke was.

Laugh Out Louth will take place in Drogheda at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around the town over the week­end of Oc­to­ber 13th to 15th.

The much-an­tic­i­pated fes­ti­val will fea­ture renowned Ir­ish comic Deirdre O’Kane as well as spe­cial guests Joe Rooney, Eric Lalor and MC Micheal Kier­ans.

The vol­un­tary or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee for the fes­ti­val were in the cen­tre of town last week­end ask­ing lo­cals to tell them a joke. As well as passers by, the group also spoke to a num­ber of lo­cal politi­cians and well known char­ac­ters. The videos are cur­rently avail­able to view on the fes­ti­val’s Face­book page.

The first ever com­edy fes­ti­val to take place in Drogheda, Laugh Out Louth has been pro­duced by a lo­cal vol­un­tary com­mit­tee and has been cre­ated to raise aware­ness of men­tal health is­sues in our com­mu­nity (es­pe­cially male men­tal health) through com­edy.

All pro­ceeds raised through the event will go to the Drogheda branch of The Sa­mar­i­tans and all the per­form­ers tak­ing part are giv­ing their time for free.

The fes­ti­val will cul­mi­nate with a show at Droic­head Arts Cen­tre fea­tur­ing one of Ire­land’s top stand-up comics mak­ing a re­turn to Drogheda af­ter two sell out shows in 2016, Deirdre O Kane. She is ac­com­pa­nied by well-known comic Eleanor Tier­nan.

Psy­chother­a­pist Bair­bre Kelly, one of those in­volved in or­gan­is­ing the event, ex­plained how the idea for the fes­ti­val came about.

‘We had a phys­i­cal and men­tal health sem­i­nar in Drogheda last year with Bressie and that was a huge suc­cess but I was re­ally con­cious of the im­bal­ance between male and fe­male who came, it was mostly fe­male. So I thought how can we get men talk­ing about their men­tal health and I thought com­edy be­cause com­edy is some­thing Ir­ish peo­ple are good at and re­late to,’ said Bair­bre.

Bar­bara Kelly with Paddy Mc Cabe at the launch of Drogheda ‘s first com­edy fes­ti­val at St Peters church. In­set, Bar­bara Kelly , Louise Kiely and Michael Kier­ans

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