New festival to take place in Camolin
A 50-YEAR school reunion is just one of the many highlights which will take place during Camolin’s new summer festival.
Camolin Parish Homecoming, organised by a small committee of locals, will take place from Friday, July 6, until Sunday, July 8.
During the three-day festival, there will be the unveiling of a wall plaque to commemorate Michael Joseph O’Loughlin, ‘Hero of Sea Disaster’. Michael, who was a native of Camolin, was chief wireless operator of the British steamer the SS Ventris, which sank in the Atlantic off the Virginia coast, and he remained at his post to the very end.
Many other events include a 1798 bus tour, medieval fair, photographic exhibition and much more, which will be finalised closer to the time.
The event will be for people within the parish and surrounding areas who can once again mingle and meet with those they rarely see, and for those who have lost touch with the community as they now may reside in different countries.
The festival is the brainchild of parish priest Fr Joe Kavanagh. For some time previous, he had the idea floating around in his mind.
A committee consisting of Fr Kavanagh, John Doyle of Clonhenritt and John Kavanagh of Ballyshaun was hastily assembled and following a series of meetings over the winter months a draft schedule of events was prepared and agreed upon.
The events will only be possible with the cooperation of the various organisations and people of the parish.
Updates will be posted on the Camolin notes in the Gorey Guardian. ‘Our local community is encouraged to spread the word,’ said committee member John. Any queries or information, contact Fr Kavanagh at 087 2324549.