THE community of Glin is determined to keep the summer spirit sizzling. The past two months of sunshine have brought out the swimmers and walkers in great numbers in this Shannonside village and large crowds have been thronging the pier each day making the most of the good weather and of the water.
Now Glin is preparing for its annual Summer Festival which takes place this year on the weekend of August 8 to August 10.
It is, according to John Anthony Culhane, chairman of Glin Development Association, very much a community event. But this year, they hope to attract visitors from across Limerick and North Kerry for their pig-racing event which takes place in the Square on Saturday, August 9.
In all, Mr Culhane explained to the Limerick Leader this week, there will be six races involving six pigs in each race. The pigs, he added, have all been specially trained for racing and are coming from Armagh.
The evening will also include open-air music, pig-on-a-spit, market stalls as well as a fancy dress parade. “We are hoping all the local businesses will put in a float or an entry,” Mr Culhane said. The fun begins at 7.30pm
But the festival proper opens on Friday with children’s entertainment on the street and a youth disco and continues on Saturday morning with a tennis tournament and a Teddy Bears’ picnic and continues in the afternoon 6km Fun Run for young and old.
The traditional Field Day takes place on Sunday, but in deference to the semi-final senior hurling clash against Kilkenny, it will start early, at 12.30pm and will wind up in time for people to watch the match.
All the usual fun will take place within the shorter time.