Fes­ti­val fit

On the Ir­ish fes­ti­val trail, Mark Gra­ham sad­dles up and puts his head in a bucket

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FUN & GAMES -

Sit­ting out­side a Co Wex­ford pub on a bright evening, en­joy­ing the sea view, pulling on a pint of iced cider like a sucky calf with the drought, dis­cussing how the year’s hurl­ing cham­pi­onship might pan out with two men in Nazi uni­forms, is what makes Ire­land won­der­ful. It’s an ex­pe­ri­ence right up there with dis­cussing fish­ing quo­tas with a leather-skinned auld Aran Is­land fish­er­man whilst dressed as Spi­der Baby, or swing­ing away at a céilí to Grey’s Knob Polka in the arms of a trans­sex­ual who had bet­ter pins than Jean But­ler. Where would ya get it?

The dressed-up Nazis will be in­vad­ing Dun­can­non this week­end for the an­nual mil­i­tary re-en­act­ment that takes place in the pic­turesque pue­blo ev­ery Whit Week­end. There’ll be knights, al­lied troops, queen’s guards and in­fantry men from ev­ery ma­jor bat­tle known to múin­te­orí, but, strangely, the Nazis are the best boys to sit down for a bot­tle with. They know their hurl­ing; big fans of Ger Lough­nane.

This shaft of sur­re­al­ism isn’t shin­ing solely on the sunny south­east. Ca­her­siveen Wild West Fes­ti­val is back in the sad­dle, of­fer­ing won­der­ful op­por­tu­ni­ties to dress like ex­tras from Django Un­chained and whoop it up like the last days of Dodge. It’s a good buzz,

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