THE TRADITIONAL Galbally Garden Fete, now celebrating its 35th anniversary, has been extended to a full festival weekend to celebrate The Gathering.
The action kicks off this Friday afternoon with a golf classic at 2pm at Tipperary Golf Club and finishes on Sunday with what will undoubtedly be the highlight of the festival - the annual Galbally Garden Fete.
“This festival has been very successful over the years and this year will certainly be no exception with many events organised to suit both young and old alike including sports, music, bingo and dance,” explained Sinead Barrett, secretary of Galbally Community Council.
“As always, the festival organisers are grateful to its many sponsors and indeed its many supporters. The committee has put together a programme of events which they hope will be enjoyed by one and all,” she added.
Among the activities on Friday are an underage football tournament at 6pm at the community field, monster bingo at 8.30pm at the community centre and a fun fair also at the community centre.
Saturday starts on a lively note with an Irish set dance workshop from 10am to 1pm in the community centre. There will also be equestrian events, a rugby blitz, a number of walks throughout the day followed by an Irish traditional music concert from 8pm to 10pm at the community centre.
The annual garden fete begins on Sunday with a special Gathering mass in the church of Christ The King at 11.30am followed by a fancy dress parade at 1pm while the event itself features a full programme of events. There will be a vintage car and tractor display, a dog show, bingo, wheel of fortune, a traditional farrier at work, a display by Kilmallock Fire Brigade, and a mini digger challenge. The All-Ireland football semi-final between Mayo and Tyrone will be shown live and there will also be a carnival and numerous fringe events.
The curtain comes down on the Galbally Gathering Garden Fete weekend with the traditional progressive 45 card game in the community centre at 9pm.
“A number of local people, currently living abroad, have already signalled their intention to return home,” said Sinead.