No short­age of at­trac­tions at an­nual Round­woood Fes­ti­val

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

THE Round­wood Fes­ti­val fea­tured five ac­tion-packed days of ac­tiv­i­ties cul­mi­nat­ing with a street party on Sun­day.

One of the high­lights of the fes­ti­val each year is the ca­noe race which takes place on the Up­per Vartry Reser­voir.

A large crowd gath­ered at the ex­cel­lent view­point of­fered by the dam as they watched the ex­cit­ing ac­tion take place. Jim McCabe was put to the test iden­ti­fy­ing the par­tic­i­pants, and once gain, he nailed it.

An­other hec­tic night took place on Fri­day with lots of fam­i­lies tak­ing part in the céilí in Round­wood Par­ish Hall. Wil­liam Ben­ton pro­vided the live mu­sic, while Sheila Ka­vanagh put ev­ery­one through their paces.

An Tóchar GAA Cen­tre hosted a fun, fam­ily chal­lenge on Thursday evening. Mel, Os­car, Lucas Nolan and Ka­rina Pierce landed the ti­tle for Molk’s Team in what was one of the most closely con­tested fi­nals imag­in­able. The Hong Kong Doyle’s were un­lucky not to take gold once again. Master of cer­e­monies was Jim McCabe.

The fes­ti­val be­gan last Wednesday with a guided tour of the grounds of Glen­dalough House, led by An­namoe man Wil­lie Rochford.

There were some great, and some not so great skills on dis­play at the Vartry soc­cer grounds for a match pit­ting lo­cal veter­ans against other competitor­s.

Things drew to a close on Sun­day with a busy sched­ule of events, be­gin­ning with a clay pi­geon shoot hosted by Car­rick Glen Gun Club at Car­rig­na­muck Up­per in Ash­ford.

A vin­tage car pa­rade through the vil­lage took place in the af­ter­noon, ac­com­pa­nied by a IUNVA colour party and a loan piper.

The in­ter pub bar­man and in­ter club fun races also drew plenty of at­ten­tion. The fes­ti­val raf­fle was fol­lowed by Round­wood’s first ever down­hill ball race. Field at­trac­tions in­cluded a pets corner, dog show, face paint­ing, guess the weight of the lamb and wellie throw­ing.

Joseph Byrne, Izaldean Balase, Brian Med­ly­cott and Matthew Fox, win­ners of the U17 Boys race with Kyle Sheeran and Jamie Conaty.

Eva Doyle, Rachel Lacey, sis­ters Aoife and Ash­ling Stacey who were the win­ners of the U17 Girls race,Ella McAu­lay and Grace Cullen.

Competitor­s in the in­ter-club chair race. Win­ners Ciaran Dunn and Ciara Con­alty, Wilna McKenna and Seaghan MacCor­maic, Martin Gaffney and Sheila Ka­vanagh, Louisa and Brian Hig­gins, Jean Bader and Donal Smith.

The ref­eree has his work cut out at the start of the ve­tran’s match.

Win­ners of the men’s race, Adam Hal­li­nan and Lor­can Nolan.

Stephen and Aoife Ka­vanagh with their daugh­ter Brid at the sheep pet­ting.

Ryan Pierce and Pa­trick Hal­li­gan net fish­ing at the edge of the Vartry Reser­voir.

Roisin, Ni­amh and Grainne Mur­phy with Lisa Mur­phy, Martha Be­draza and Ma­rina Bol­ger try out a 1949 Ford Spe­cial at the vin­tage car dis­play.

Thomas O’Toole with Michael and Tilly Byrne and their grand­son Kay­den.

Win­ner of the in­ter-pub race, Yvonne Ka­vanagh cel­e­brates with her dad Joe.

Ben and Rachel Rosen­farb.

Dar­ragh Gaskin and his mam Adrienne at the craft table.

Bobby Moore on the buck­ing bronco.

Jackie D’Arcy has a go at the sheaf pitch­ing.

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