B-Fest creating a stir in Ballingarry

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

The organisers of B-FEST 2013 gather for the launch of the festival at the Mustard Seed, the former Convent of Mercy. where they invited all past pupils of the school to take part in fun run dressed as nuns on the Saturday of the August Bank Holiday. The  festival fun also includes U2 tribute band Zoo 2 who will make a return visit. The festival will raise money for TLC4CF and CRY Ireland
A WEEKEND of fun has been lined up for the August Bank Holiday weekend in Ballingarry, as well as a chance to acquire at auction one of the year’s most coveted football jerseys, that of hurling captain and Munster medalist, Donal O’Grady.

A WEEKEND of fun has been lined up for the August Bank Holiday weekend in Ballingarry, as well as a chance to acquire at auction one of the year’s most coveted football jerseys, that of hurling captain and Munster medalist, Donal O’Grady.

Called B-FEST, the fun weekend is now in its second year and is intended to help raise funds for two charities, TLC4CF and CRY Ireland.

“It’s an exciting weekend ahead,” says Liam O’Kelly, one of the hardworking team behind the event, which proved to be a huge success last year.

But for this year, the organisers have introduced some novel events. On Saturday afternoon, they want all the past-pupils of the former Convent of Mercy in Ballingarry, now the Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge, to take part in a walk or run from Knockfierna, all in nun’s costumes.

Registration for the event will take place this Thursday, in Ballingarry Hall from 8-10pm and to apply for the nun’s outfit, which come in small, medium and large sizes. Sponsorship cards are also available, says Yvonne Condron and participants will be bussed to Knockfierna before running and walking back to the Mustard Seed where Dan Mullane will serve refreshments.

Sunday afternoon will be family fun day starting at 3pm and will see the return of the Junior Tractor Race and a new Go Kart Race for young people as well as a range of other games, fun and races. “We are also holding a wife carrying competition,” Yvonne Condron reveals.

Sunday night will be the big night with the return the U2 Tribute band ZOO 2. Last year they performed on the rooftop of Condron’s Bar but this year, they will have a Big Rig and will be supported by trad rock band Brisla. The music begins at 8pm.

Bank Holiday Monday will see another novel event taking place: a Live Pig Race. Pigs can be purchased for €20 and you can name your pig and a jockey (a teddy bear) and be in with a chance of winning. There will also be a barbecue.

Entry to the family entertainment, to the Sunday gig and to Monday’s events are by wristband only. They are currently on sale at €5 each in local shops. The weekend will conclude with a monster raffle – and the announcement about the successful bidder for Donal O’Grady’s signed jersey. Bids will be taken by sending a PM (private message) on the BFEST@Condron’s Bar Facebook page or you can make your offer by phone to 086-8163358.

The funds raised for TLC4CF will go towards fitting out the dedicated unit for young adults CF sufferers which is currently being built at University Hospital Limerick in Dooradoyle. The unit is expected to be ready by August next year.

CRY – cardiac risk in the young – was set up in 2002 by parents who had experienced sudden and unexplained death within their families. A self-supporting charity, CRY depends on contributions to carry out its work of providing information, raising awareness , providing counseling and support for affected families and supporting a national sceeening centre where families and individuals at risk can be evaluated.