Steamy nights ahead at Athea singles festival

Gerard Fitzgibbon

Reporter:

Gerard Fitzgibbon

LINGERIE parties, bikinis and half a ton of industrial sand will get the temperatures rising in Athea this weekend when the village plays host to its annual singles festival.

LINGERIE parties, bikinis and half a ton of industrial sand will get the temperatures rising in Athea this weekend when the village plays host to its annual singles festival.

From Friday to Sunday, the otherwise reclusive border village will become an unlikely magnet for people looking for love, fun and anything in between.

The singles festival, which is now in its fourth year, will help keep Athea’s summer festival buzz alive for a little while longer, following the recent successes of its motorcycle road races and TradFeile.

Connie Herbert, owner of The Gables Bar and Restaurant and organiser of the singles festival, said that the event will be “a bit of craic”.

“We’ve had a good summer so far, with the races and the fleadh and the vintage rally coming up.

“The singles festival is something a bit different, but it’ll be a bit of craic. We’re hoping we’ll get a nice crew back here over the weekend.”

The singles festival will get off to a raunchy start at The Gables on Friday night with an Ann Summers party from 8pm, which will feature live music by Liam Naughton.

From 10pm on Saturday night, The Gables will this time play host to a ‘traffic light disco’, which will give singletons a clear shot at finding their perfect man or woman.

Those who are single and available will wear green, people who are taken will wear red. Anyone unsure of themselves is free to come along wearing amber.

The festival will come to an exotic conclusion on Sunday night when The Gables, thanks to a healthy dose of industrial sand on the function room floor, will be transformed for a beach party.

A special prize will be awarded to anyone who decides to brave the chilly Irish summer and arrive in a bikini or swimsuit.

The party runs from 8pm until late.

The singles festival is just the latest step in Athea’s bid to become the unexpected festival capital of county Limerick.

In July, more than ten thousand people attended the motorcycle road races, which returned this year after a two-year hiatus.

This was followed by a popular traditional music fleadh, and on August 28 Athea will host a vintage rally event.