County Limerick village set to buzz thanks to festival

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

THE village of Knockainey is set to buzz with activity next weekend when it hosts the annual village festival.

THE village of Knockainey is set to buzz with activity next weekend when it hosts the annual village festival.

Taking place from Thursday, June 28, until Sunday, July 1 the festival is organised by Knockainey Community Council (KCC) to help fund community projects such as the community pre-school, community alert, Tidy Towns, community office and community centre.

“Following on from the huge success of last year’s village fair, we felt it would be a great opportunity to build on our efforts this year and create a buzz with a village festival that would run throughout the weekend,” explained Mary O’Grady, KCC chairperson.

The festival begins with a tour of the historical St John’s Church and graveyard at 7pm on Thursday.

This is followed by the launch at the church at 8pm of “Bridging the Years, Country Life around Knockainey in Days Gone By”, a delightful book bringing together a collection of interviews and photographs from 15 people who grew up around Knockainey during the mid-20th Century.

On Friday evening, a fun hurling tournament takes place at Knockainey Sportsfield.

This will be followed by music with NightFall at Jack Lynch’s bar.

Saturday, June 30, begins with an energetic 5k or 8k fun run or walk starting from the Community Centre at 1:30pm, an entry fee of €5 is in aid of defibrillator training. That evening, the organisers are delighted to welcome Folk the Recession to St John’s Church, which brings together the rich talent of Irish musicians Brendan Begley, Seamus Begley, Mick Hanly, Paul Kelly, Frankie Lane and Eleanor Shanley.

Sunday, July 1 will see the village fair take place at the community centre - a day-long feast of entertainment with market stalls, club and community information stalls, an art exhibition and children’s entertainment including a bouncy castle.

For further Information contact Knockainey Community Office on 085 2287898, visit www.knockainey.com or follow them on Facebook ‘KccCouncil’.