The streets of Rath­drum will once again be filled with won­der­ful char­ac­ters

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - ADVERTISIN­G FEATURE -

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.

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