All systems go for Limerick’s WestFest

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

Members of the Westfest committee Donal Egan, Ida Dunworth, Bryan Cunningham, Mark Liston, Laurie Kelleher, Jimmy Lee, Declan O'Grady and Siobhan Kelly with Deputy Patrick ODonovan. The festival starts on Wednesday and continues to Sunday
THE clock is ticking down and it’s all systems go in readiness for the 2014 Knights of WestFest which gets underway this Wednesday.

THE clock is ticking down and it’s all systems go in readiness for the 2014 Knights of WestFest which gets underway this Wednesday.

And all the indications are that this year’s festival will prove to be the most successful yet in Newcastle West with some 30,000 people expected to attend the various events.

“The huge line-up we have and the fact that The Coronas are the headline act have really pushed it for us and given us a national profile,” says Ida Dunworth, who is chairwoman of the highly efficient machine that is the WestFest organising committee.

And with sales mounting nicely, the organisers are happy.

“Sales have been going very well, especially on-line,” Ida explains. But she stresses that admission to the festival events can be bought up right up to the last minute.

“It is not an advance ticket festival,” she says.

However, people need to buy a ticket on-line or in a local shop and then, at the first event they attend, they can swap that ticket for a wrist-band which gives admission to all the events.

And there will be a lot to choose from, with four nights of open-air music in the Square and a wide range of other fun events to choose from. The music line-up begins next Thursday night with the Garth Brooks Experience, and on the following nights, Mary Black, Gavin James followed by The Coronas and on the final night, The High Kings will all perform.

The Battle of the Stylists, The Taste of WestFest Food Village, a charity bungee jump, a family fun day, tea in the courtyard of the Desmond Castle are all part of the fun along with a Soapbox Derby and the crowning of the Knight of Desmond will all take place during the festival.

Full details online WestFest.ie. Tickets cost €15 for adults and teens and €3 for under-12s.