Limerick countryside prepares for the Beast of Ballyhoura

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

THE weather may be unpredictable but three communities in County Limerick are guaranteeing good times over the Bank Holiday weekend and beyond with a host of activities in the offing.

THE weather may be unpredictable but three communities in County Limerick are guaranteeing good times over the Bank Holiday weekend and beyond with a host of activities in the offing.

The action kicks off in Ardpatrick this Thursday with the opening day of the local Na Fianna Festival.

Running until Sunday, the festival features a packed schedule of entertainment including a Mr and Mrs competition, a photographic exhibition, a Battle of the Parish contest and a Winning Streak evening.

“It’s the Bank Holiday weekend so if there is anyone around and they have nothing to do, they can take part. There is something to suit every age group,” said David O’Sullivan, chairman of the Ardpatrick Na Fianna Festival.

Meanwhile, the Beast of Ballyhoura Adventure Race is back for 2012 and will take place from Friday to Monday.

Teams are travelling from Canada, South Africa, UK and Finland as well as all over Ireland to take part.

“The Beast of Ballyhoura is a team event comprising a mix of men and women. The goal is to be the first team to get all four members across the finish line together,” explained Fergal Somers, manager of Ballyhoura Failte.

The Beast of Ballyhoura will also incorporate the Ballyhoura Blitz on Sunday.

The blitz offers an achievable challenge to people looking to push themselves to the limits and perhaps for some to redefine their limits. The race route will be marked and includes an initial 10km hill run followed by a 30km off road mountain bike test.

The Beast of Ballyhoura race will also encompass the 8th annual all island Inter-Services Challenge. Teams from the various public services including the army, garda, ambulance, civil defence and PSNI go head to head to find Ireland’s toughest service. For those who still have fuel in the tank, they can head to Ballylanders on Monday for the first event of Pattern Festival - the 10k fun-run walk. Registration will be at the Day Care Centre at 1pm. On Thursday, the Arcade Cinema will re-open for one day only providing the magic of the movies. Popcorn and drinks on sale. Tickets are available locally.