Festival fun in Ballingarry

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

Bono lookalike Brian Kelly gets into the mood with Paul Molloy (aka Alvin) in readiness for this weekends BFest in Ballingarry where Zoo 2 and glam rock band Alvin Purple will play gigs.
A cracking four days of action-packed fun, live music and family entertainment are promised for this August Bank Holiday weekend when the hugely successful B-FEST gets into full swing in Ballingarry.

A cracking four days of action-packed fun, live music and family entertainment are promised for this August Bank Holiday weekend when the hugely successful B-FEST gets into full swing in Ballingarry.

And all the activities can be enjoyed for the cost of a €5 wristband while children go free. “It’s all about getting people out,” Yvonne Condren, of the festival committee said.

Top of the billing for the festival goes to Zoo 2, the U2 tribute band, which is making a very welcome return visit to Ballingarry. The band will take to the stage on the gig-rig at the bottom of the hill on Sunday evening.

Opening night on Friday night will have a country and western flavour, an event which is certain to attract the many disappointed Garth Brook fans.

And the glam-rock band Alvin Purple will be the main act on Saturday night but local musicians and the two bands Brisla and Fuse also get their time under the spotlight on both nights.

A family fun day will be held on Sunday afternoon with races to attract all ages, from tractor and go-kart races to wheelbarrow races. There will also be a contest to find Ballingarry’s fittest family along with a fun dog show and a street food and craft market.

But for many, the highlight of the weekend could well prove to be the live pig racing, which sparked much hilarity and a frenzy of betting when it took place last year. With teddy bear jockeys and six pigs in each race, punters can expect to see Miss Piggy battle it out with Porkie Pie to pass the winning post.

Pigs can be sponsored for €20 and people can name their pig and jockey be in with a chance to win €70 for first place and €30 for the second place porkers! The pig-races with a barbecue will be held on Bank Holiday Monday.

All the funds raised over the weekend will go the cystic fibrosis charity TLC4CF.

“The B-FEST is a crucial fundraising event for us as it has become very difficult for charities to raise essential funds,” Liam O’Kelly, of TLC4CF said this week. “Last year’s event raised over €13,000 for local charities so we are hoping to top that this year!”

The money raised will help fit out the new unit for young adults with CF which is currently being built at Limerick Univeristy Hospital is due to open in a few months.TLC4CF (Tipperary, Limerick, Clare for Cystic Fibrosis) is a regional branch of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland and is dedicated to improving services and treatment facilities for children and adults with Cystic Fibrosis living in the Mid West.