Annual Galbally Garden Fete is a blooming success

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

Annual Galbally Garden Fete is a blooming success
A HUGE calender of events ensured that this year’s Galbally Garden Fete was a blooming success!

A HUGE calender of events ensured that this year’s Galbally Garden Fete was a blooming success!

The traditional fete now celebrating its 35th anniversary, was extended this year to a full festival weekend to celebrate the Gathering.

“We had the cooperation of all the clubs and societies in the village. They all organised an event,” said Patrick Kennedy, chairman of Galbally Community Council.

“By the time we put all the events together we had a huge calender of activities running from Friday afternoon right up until Sunday evening.”

The highlight of the weekend was the Garden Fete on Sunday which included a fancy dress parade, a performance by country singer John McNicholl and lots of side shows including a mini digger challenge whereby the participants had to use a mini digger to lift as many wheel rims into a barrel as possible in two minutes.

“It went down very well. We had a nine-year-old boy doing it,” said Patrick.

The winner on the day was Timmy Ryan from Knocklong with second prize going to Denis O’Brien from Sneem and third prize going to Richard Pike from Dorset.

“The dog show was a huge success as well,” said Patrick. “We had over 50 entries in the show. Kilmallock Fire Brigade did an excellent display,” he added.

Other events taking place over the weekend included underage football tournaments, a monster bingo, a rugby blitz, a fun walk and a traditional Irish music concert.

The curtain came down on the Galbally Gathering Garden Fete weekend with the traditional progressive 45 card game in the community centre at 9pm. A number of local people, currently living abroad, returned home to Galbally to celebrate with their family and friends as part of the Gathering.