WE may have only emerged from the winter and stepped into spring but in Knockainey thoughts are already turning to the summer and the fun and frolics it brings.
Plans are well underway to host a three-day festival over the June Bank Holiday Weekend to mark 20 years since the formation of Knockainey AFC. The club caters for in the region of 14 teams from U6 up to junior level.
Included in the action-packed programme of events is a family fun day, a parish social and a headlining performance by renowned country singer, Jimmy Buckley.
“We decided we were going to have a small night and then it snowballed from there,” explained Eoghan O’Donnell, chairperson of the fundraising committee.
The weekend will kick off with Jimmy Buckley and his band playing in a specially erected marquee at Bruff Rugby Club grounds, Kilballyowen Park, on May 31 with doors open from 8pm
“Jimmy Buckley would be the main attraction over the weekend. Tickets cost €20 which includes tea and refreshments. When you come out to the countryside, you have to get the sandwich,” joked Eoghan.
On Saturday, June 1, at 1pm there will be 5k fun run/walk and a 10k run with registration at 12 at Kilballyowen Park.
This will be followed by a family fun day from 2pm with bouncy castles and face painting for children.
A poker classic meanwhile, takes place at 8pm.
“Thanks to Bruff RFC, we are utilising their super facility within the rugby club at Kilballyowen including the full bar, the inside dance hall, the toilets and kitchen facilities, the parking as well as playing areas and surroundings,” Eoghan explained.
“We feel that it is very important that Knockainey AFC supports our local clubs and Bruff RFC are at the top of their sport with great teams at underage and also at senior level.”
On Sunday from 1pm, a craft and food fair takes place showcasing some of the best local produce available.
“We are inviting people from Ballyhoura foods and places like that - small cottage industries that manufacture their own produce including fruits, jams, apple juices, things like that. We are hoping that will create a great buzz about the place,” said Eoghan.
This will be followed by a monster bingo event in the marquee from 3pm.
As part of The Gathering, Knockainey AFC have invited a soccer club from Scotland to take part in a challenge game which takes place at 6pm.
The weekend will close with a parish social at 9pm which will feature music by Nightfall.
“It will basically be ‘a do’ for the entire parish – it’s a family outing. We are going to bring men, women, children, babies; the whole lot can come along.
“We hope to give out medals and the cups if we are lucky enough to win silverware throughout the year,” said Eoghan.
A monster raffle will also run over all the weekend and the draw will take place on Sunday night at the parish social.
Tickets for the Jimmy Buckley gig can be booked from the ticket line 086-1553449.