Festival of fun in Murroe

THE MURROE-BOHER Expo drummed up new levels of community togetherness. From children’s drumming workshops to a heritage walk on the site of an ancient monastery locals showed off everything that is happening.

THE MURROE-BOHER Expo drummed up new levels of community togetherness. From children’s drumming workshops to a heritage walk on the site of an ancient monastery locals showed off everything that is happening.

There were dozens of exhibits at the art and crafts fair on Saturday, but over the three days a celebration of the area was constantly on display said Kevin Cusack.

“For a lot of the people who had their wares on display, it was their first time ever displaying their goods. There was a huge range of arts and crafts. We had even bigger crowds than last year. It drew in new people and new interest,” said Mr Cusack, of the organising committee.

There has been a population explosion in Murroe-Boher in recent years. Last year’s expo was designed to show newer residents all the clubs and organisations in the area. And it worked said Mr Cusack.

“This year a number of newer residents had exhibits in the craft fair. Some would have played a huge role in organising this weekend. It’s all about old and new coming together,” he said.

This year’s focus was celebrating Murroe-Boher and all the activities tried “to capture an aspect of our life in this community” said Mr Cusack.

“The real identity and talents of local people really shone through. There was great support from all the clubs and organisations. What was exceptional was the performance by the children in the hall at the end of the day on Saturday,” said Mr Cusack, who praised Marian Neville, Noirin Ni Riain and her two sons Owen and ‘Moley’ of Size2shoes fame. They gave music, dance and drumming workshops in Murroe and Killinure schools. Then around 40 children put on a show in the hall from everything they had learned.

And there was more live music for their parents nightly in the Valley Inn and Crokers. Children and the slightly older were enthralled by Eddie Linehan’s stories.

Teenagers could take part in the film making and art competitions. While Br Colman, of Glenstal and Tom Holmes told the story of the Abbey Owney monastic settlement.

The weekend finished up with the Murroe Song School Group putting on a trad night in Powers.