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.