New fes­ti­val to take place in Camolin

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS - By SARA GA­HAN

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.

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