The Argus - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

One of the ma­jor draws for visi­tors was the vil­lage’s re­cent Film Fes­ti­val which this year was ex­tended to five days at the end of Au­gust.

The cen­ter­piece of the fes­ti­val was the ‘Cin­ema on the Sand’ which alone at­tracted a crowd of 2,000.

It was from ini­tially show­ing the block­buster movie ‘Jaws’ on the beach that the fes­ti­val de­vel­oped, with last year it run­ning over four days and films shown in dif­fer­ent venues.

It was the same for­mat this year with a nos­tal­gic turn back of the clock, with the event open­ing with ‘The Quiet Man’ in the AOH hall Cock­le­hill which was in the past a venue for va­ri­ety shows and plays.

The or­gan­is­ers got it ready and suit­ably dec­o­rated and spec­ta­tors en­tered into the spirit of the oc­ca­sion dress­ing up in the garb of the era in which the film was made.

The am­bi­ence was fur­ther en­hanced by lo­cal mu­si­cians Patsy Breen and Ea­mon Cooney, who fin­ished off by singing the theme song in the film ‘Isle of In­n­is­free’ as they played a big part in mak­ing it a re­ally mem­o­rable night. It was for the pair also a jour­ney down mem­ory lane hav­ing per­formed in the hall many moons ago.

The fes­ti­val was a ma­jor un­der­tak­ing for the Tourism and De­vel­op­ment Group and one which they ac­knowl­edge will re­quire more man­power to con­tinue, and cer­tainly if the event is to ex­pand fur­ther.

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