Ardpatrick has all its ducks in a row for village fest

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Deirdre Douglas and Margureite Wallis, Ardpatrick, enjoying the Na Fianna Festival Tea Party at the Greenwood Inn during last year's festival [Picture: Brendan Gleeson]
FEATURING more events than you can shake a stick at, the annual Ardpatrick Festival takes place from Wednesday, July 30 to Sunday August 3, offering fun for all the family.

FEATURING more events than you can shake a stick at, the annual Ardpatrick Festival takes place from Wednesday, July 30 to Sunday August 3, offering fun for all the family.

“This is our 16th year and we hope to see all our past friends and sponsors over the weekend where there’s something for all the family and all ages,” explained David O’Sullivan, PRO of the festival.

Events kicks off on Wednesday evening in the community centre with The Lego Movie.

On Thursday evening there will be a cookery demonstration by top master chef Frank Moynihan.

“This is of high interest to many people so booking in advance is advisable as it will be a first-come, first-served basis,” David explained.

For information on this event contact the festival committee mobile on 087-6276763.

On Friday evening all eyes will be down as bingo will take place in the community centre. Later that night in The Greenwood Inn, double or quits will entertain the locals and some fun and games will also be thrown in for good measure.

Saturday is an action-packed day beginning with a 5km mountain walk, a kiddies disco and a teen computer tournament.

The homecoming Mass at 7pm will feature the Tipperary Gospel Choir in full voice.

The main event takes place on Saturday night with a fundraising race night with some of the proceeds going towards Ardpatrick national school.

“The parents association and festival committee members were out selling the horses the last few weeks and it’s gearing up to be a great night, so come along to bet and cheer on your own horse,” said David.

“People are asked to dress up and add to the atmosphere, so ladies dig out those hats and dresses and guys get your shirt and ties out as there will be prizes for best dressed on the night. We will have a DJ afterwards to help you celebrate your winnings.”

The festival comes to a close on Sunday with an afternoon tea party in the community centre. “The fine china and crockery is being polished as we speak, the Ardpatrick Ladies Club will be putting on a fine spread and display and make it an experience you won’t forget.”

The infamous car treasure hunt will take place on Sunday afternoon also on a specific route.

There will also be the return of the duck race at the bridge on Sunday evening and ducks will be on sale each night of the festival.

In the Greenwood Inn on Sunday night, Devil in The Kitchen will close the 2014 festival.

Posters and brochures will be distributed and erected in the coming days.

Anyone looking for information including start times of events should log onto the Facebook page or contact the festival mobile on 087-6276763.