VILLAGE festivals are usually advertised with the slogan ‘something to suit all tastes’ and in Knockainey they are certainly living up to that promise this weekend! Even those interested in bats are in for a treat.
One of the more unusual aspects of the five-day festival, which kicked off this Wednesday, is a bat walk/talk organised by Knockainey Tidy Towns.
This Thursday evening, a member from Cork County Bat Group will lead walkers around the village to listen to the echolocation calls of bats. Using bat detectors which pick up bats hunting calls, the guide will introduce locals to the night-time life habits of these nocturnal mammals. The event is suitable for all ages and those interested in taking part at asked to assemble at 9:45pm at the carpark opposite Moloney’s bar. The walk will commence at 10pm.
On Friday evening, the Gathering concert takes place in Knockainey Community Centre at 8pm.
The main event on Saturday is the 5km and 10km fun run/ walk which takes place at 11am from the community centre. At 2pm there will be fun at the field with novelty sports followed by the U12 hurling match at 3pm, terrier racing at 4pm and the senior hurling match at 6pm.
At 8:30pm the attention switches to St John’s Church for a return performance by Folk the Recession. On Sunday, the Knockainey village fair takes place at the community centre at 1pm.
The fair features all-day entertainment including a cookery demonstration, beauty and therapy demonstrations, bouncy castles and an animal mobile farm. “It is five days of pure fun,” said Debbie O’Carroll, PRO of Knockainey Community Council.