Car­toon madness at in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­val

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - PICTURES - By MYLES BUCHANAN

ALL roads led to Rath­drum over the week­end for the In­ter­na­tional Car­toon Fes­ti­val, which has now taken place for the past three years run­ning since its re­turn in 2017.

The orig­i­nal fes­ti­val ran from 1992 to 1997 and was de­vised by renowned car­toon­ists the late Terry Willers and Mar­tyn Turner.

In­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed artists such as Owen Coveney, Colin Campbell, Ai­dan Cooney, Mark Cor­ri­gan, Fin­tan Taite and Alan Nolan were all in at­ten­dance

Il­lus­tra­tor, sculp­tor and writer Alan Clarke of­fi­cially opened the fes­ti­val on Satur­day af­ter­noon, fol­lowed by a fancy dress com­pe­ti­tion. There were also per­for­mances by the Ark­low Ukulele Play­ers, The Fairy Hooper and Lisa Li­on­ess.

Later that night, both Colm Lawlor and the Bid Dig­ger took to the stage and per­formed in front of a lively crowd.

Jack Allen was deemed the win­ner of the hugely pop­u­lar car­i­ca­ture face off.

Sun­day started off with a street mar­ket from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. There were also a num­ber of work­shops held through­out the fes­ti­val.

A fin­ished video form the stop-mo­tion an­i­ma­tion work­shop with Marc Cor­ri­gan is avail­able to view at the fes­ti­val’s of­fi­cial Face­book page.

There was fur­ther live mu­sic at Mar­ket Square in the evening, fea­tur­ing Sil Ivers, Flash­back and Feel the Pinch. Other fes­ti­val high­lights in­cluded a well at­tended dog show and a fun fair on Fair Green.

Luke, Annabel, Os­car and Ryan Dowl­ing get­ting their car­i­ca­tures done by Colm Cuffs.

Se­bastien Dechaine, Sa­manta Mur­phy, Michael and Jenni Mi­ley, artist Alan Clarke and Tina Mur­phy.

Jack McEvoy, Josh and Jake Fox.

Sam Altham, Julie Willers ,Terry Willers daugh­ter, and Anne Net­tle­fold

Jack and Den­nis Byrne with Gyp the dog.

Rosie and Jack Quinn.

Rita Sex­ton and Colin Bird with their dogs Su­per and Strider.

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