Castle­gre­gory Sum­mer Fes­ti­val is here again…

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - CLUB NEWS -

IT’S one of the old­est sum­mer fes­ti­vals in the county which is ku­dos to the peo­ple of Castle­gre­gory who make sure it goes down a treat ev­ery July. This year’s Castle­gre­gory Sum­mer Fes­ti­val runs from July 12 to 15 and it is well worth a visit if you’re in the area.

After weeks and months of or­gan­is­ing, the vi­brant and hard­work­ing sub-com­mit­tee are de­lighted to once again put on a great show for lo­cals and tourists. It kicks off on Thurs­day, July 12 when the of­fi­cial open­ing takes place in The Waste Gar­den (op­po­site Mau­rice Fitzger­ald’s) where the in­tro­duc­tion of the Queens and lit­tle petals takes place fol­lowed by live mu­sic with Gaelic brú. “The fes­ti­val is as pop­u­lar as ev­ery with peo­ple, and events like the Half Marathon help to at­tract ex­tra num­bers. Peo­ple just seem to love th­ese few days in Castle­gre­gory,” said com­mit­tee mem­ber, Maura Cronin.

Fri­day sees a sump­tu­ous ‘cup­cake dec­o­rat­ing work­shop’ take place for 7-12 year olds. Book­ing at the In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre is essen­tial (call 066 7139422), and if work­ing off too many cup­cakes is nec­es­sary why not par­take in a ‘Castle­gre­gory’s Fittest Fam­ily’ style event? This is a fun ob­sta­cle course with groups of four in which fam­ily, friends and clubs can take part. Fri­day also sees an ex­cit­ing pros­ecco party at Moe’s cafe and court­yard. And don’t for­get the ‘re­vival disco’ with DJ An­drew in Pearse Hall.

On Satur­day the an­nual arts and crafts ex­hi­bi­tion - al­ways a pop­u­lar draw with vis­i­tors - takes place in The Castle­gre­gory Craft Cen­tre. The Castle­gre­gory ‘fair and her­itage day’ runs from 9am to 5pm on Forge Road. And look out for the pop up fes­ti­val hair and glit­ter art on Satur­day! Later that evening the Queen Se­lec­tion Party and Bar­be­cue takes place at Ned Nat­ter­jacks, while The Re­na­va­tor Band will play at the West End Hall.

This year’s Castle­gre­gory Sum­mer Fes­ti­val also has a strong char­i­ta­ble as­pect and money will be raised for two wor­thy char­i­ties: Our Lady’s Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Crum­lin and Friends from Ire­land Char­ity (which helps build schools in Africa). More­over, the rest of the money raised goes back into the lo­cal com­mu­nity for var­i­ous projects.

Sun­day is also packed full of fam­ily fun. You’ll even get a chance to meet Mickey and Min­nie Mouse, Paw Pa­trol’s Skye and chase, Peppa Pig and many more. There’s a Chil­dren’s Na­ture walk in as­so­ci­a­tion with Ma­ha­rees Her­itage and Con­ser­va­tion As­so­ci­a­tion which starts at Beal Geal/Sandy Bay. The ‘Trad Trail’ around the vil­lage on Sun­day evening, fin­ish­ing with an open air mega tra­di­tional Ir­ish mu­sic ses­sion never fails (all mu­si­cians wel­come). There’s a Cock­tail party in Boland’s Bar, while the foam party is an­other date for the di­ary. Sun­day night sees the se­lec­tion of the Fes­ti­val Queen to be fol­lowed by the pop­u­lar pa­rade through the vil­lage. All busi­nesses and sports clubs are en­cour­aged to take part this year and help make it an en­joy­able event.

“We have a great sub-com­mit­tee of very en­thu­si­as­tic peo­ple who en­joy be­ing in­volved, this is a ma­jor as­set. I would also call on as many busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions as pos­si­ble to get in­volved in the pa­rade and that there is cash prizes for floats avail­able. Lastly, I’d like to thank all the peo­ple and vol­un­teers who help make this fes­ti­val pos­si­ble,” Maura added.

Bran­don Half Marathon and 10km is a great ad­di­tion to the fes­ti­val...

It’s billed as Ire­land’s only all-beach run­ning event and it takes place on Satur­day, July 14 as part of the Castle­gre­gory Sum­mer Fes­ti­val. There’s re­ally no bet­ter way to work, rest and play then a run the beach at Bran­don Bay, while also en­joy­ing the nearby festivities.

The half marathon starts at 10:30am and the 10km run starts at 11:30am pre­sent­ing a unique chal­lenge for run­ning en­thu­si­asts. Run en­tirely on a golden, sandy beach, the ter­rain stretches around Bran­don Bay all the way from Fa­hamore in the Ma­ha­rees, to Fer­moyle Point un­der Mount Bran­don it­self.

A race pack col­lec­tion & walk-in reg­is­tra­tion evening takes place on Fri­day 13th from 5-11pm in the club rooms in Castle­gre­gory (next to SPAR). NOTE: Due to the re­mote lo­ca­tion of the event there are no reg­is­tra­tions or race pack col­lec­tions on the day of the event.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.bran­don­bay­half­marathon.com. Or check out its Face­book, Twit­ter & In­sta­gram ac­counts.

Castle­gre­gory GC, per­haps the finest 9-hole links course in the coun­try

Amba Cuisle drum­mers from Tralee; Tobe Wong, Ted Moyni­han, Ja­son Grif­fin, Elayne Van Keulen and Maria Mc­Carthy at the Castle­gr­ge­ory Sum­mer­fest Pa­rade.

Strad­bally beach, on the Wild At­lantic Way.

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