Soapbox derby in County Limerick moved due to GAA match

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

THE HIGHLIGHT of the Kilteely Dromkeen Community Festival - the soapbox derby - has been moved from Sunday to Saturday due to the GAA match.

THE HIGHLIGHT of the Kilteely Dromkeen Community Festival - the soapbox derby - has been moved from Sunday to Saturday due to the GAA match.

Competitors were set for the chequered flag in Kilteely village at 4pm this Sunday, July 29. It is the same time as the Limerick v Kilkenny game so organisers moved it to Saturday, July 28 at 4pm.

“We are a big GAA parish and a lot of the guys entering the soapbox are GAA players or fans so we didn’t want our main event running at the same time,” said Tom Jones, chairman of the festival committee.

They have an action packed weekend that kicks off this Friday night. Tom says their goal is to have events for children, teenagers, adults and the young at heart. Their other main aim was to keep everything as cheap as possible for families.

“We’re very conscious of that element so people don’t have to be paying out for a lot of events. They can participate, get involved and a lot of it is free,” said Tom, who thanked Ballyhoura and all their sponsors.

The official opening is this Friday night at 6.30pm in Kilteely with a kiddies fancy dress parade, pipe band, face painting, kiddies disco and street music. An adult soccer tournament takes place at the same time, followed by bingo in Cill Bhride at 8pm and music with Gundy in Hanly’s Bar at 10pm.

On Saturday morning there is a kiddies soccer tournament at 11am. The soapbox derby starts at 4pm outside the church.

”They will go straight down the village and take the 90 degree turn to the finish line. I’ve seen some of the soapboxes and they are absolutely amazing,” said Tom.

Afterwards there will be a street party from 8pm with a barbecue, fire eaters, jugglers, family games and music. The Limerickmen round off the night in Ahern’s from 9.30pm.

Sunday starts with a farmers market in the allotments from 11.30am. A family picnic day begins at 1.30pm in the parish field with a pet farm, clowns, magicians and much more. Mass at the rock takes place at 3pm.

A Wii competition for teenager is on Cill Bhride at 6.30pm and Sean O’Dowd and Hanora round off proceedings in Ahern’s at 8pm. Due to the match the skittles final is now on Monday at 8pm.