The streets of Rathdrum will once again be filled with wonderful characters
I NTERNATIONALLY renowned cartoonists will make their way to Rathdrum this weekend for a two-day Cartoon Festival.
The original Rathdrum International Cartoon Festival ran from 1992 to 1997 and was devised by the cartoonists, the late Terry Willers and Martyn Turner. The festival was revived in 2017 and now continues to grow from strength to strength.
Throughout the weekend there will be cartoon workshops with classes by Brown Bag Films, Owen Coveney, Colin Campbell, Aidan Cooney, Mark Corrigan, Fintain Taite. Alan Nolan and many, many more.
The official opening takes place on Saturday, July 13, at Market Square for 2 p.m. with cartoonist Alan Clarke carrying out the honours. The launch will be followed by a fancy dress competition, with a prize for the best family in fancy dress. There will also be live music and performances from the Arklow Ukulele Players, The Fairy Hoopa, Lisa Lioness, Colm Lawlor and Big Digger.
An Open Air Market takes place along Rathdrum’s Main Street on Sunday from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.. there will also be music by the Parnell Memorial Pipe Band, Syl Ivors, Flashback and Feel the Pinch.
A dog show has been organised for 4 p.m. in the Memorial Park, with lots of great prizes to be won. At 2.15 p.m. the winners of the Colouring Competition will be announced.
On sale now and all weekend are tickets to win €4,000 cash or a trip for a family of four to Disney World Florida, with runner-up prize of €1,000 or a European city break for two. These tickets are available now at various shops around the town along with cartoon t-shirts in The Wise Owl. There will be ticket sellers on the street over the weekend and the raffle will be held on the Sunday evening in the Square. There are a limited number of tickets so get yours now price €10 each.
Layla Byrne at last year’s festival.
Issac Beckett with caricaturist Colm Campbell at last year’s festival.