NINE girls are vying to be this year’s Mary from Murroe and take Mary Coughlan’s crown.
Festival committee member, Philip King, says since the festival was reinstated it has become a fixture in the social calendar.
“It is always the last full weekend before September when school starts, and there are events for the whole family,” said Philip.
The parade of the Marys from Murroe begins this Friday night at the playground from 7.45pm. They will be driven through the village accompanied by local community groups on floats.
The festival will be officially opened at 8.45pm and the nine ladies introduced. Pauline Hynan’s dancers will entertain the crowds. Shaun O’Dowd featuring Hanora play Crokers while the Valley Inn also has live music. For those not suffering the effects of the night before a 5k run leaves Crokers at 11am. In the afternoon a junior hurling blitz in Harty Park and fancy dress tag rugby in Glenstal builds up to the main event.
The pageant in a marquee starts at 8.30pm and after the judges’ tough deliberations the winner will be named at 10.30pm. The marquee, Powers pub in Abington and the Valley Inn all boast live music.
Sunday morning commences with Murroe Tidy Towns holding a cake sale after 11.30am Mass.
Then Power’s in Abington are hosting a family field day beside the pub. Proprietor, Jodie Power, says there will be wheelbarrow races, coconut shy, sack race, glamorous granny, bonny baby and much more. As day turns to night there will be live music and dancing.
Back in the village the Mossy/Mary from Murroe derby is in Crokers at 7.15pm as well as terrier racing and a donkey derby. Martin Byrnes plays the Valley Inn from 8pm. And at 8.30pm, there’s mice racing! “Dovetail have been busy building a special enclosed table,” said Philip.
Murroe gardai say the main street will be closed from 7.30 to 8.30pm on Friday night for the parade but people will still be able to use slight detours. There will be on street parking, by the school, in Garanbawn estate and not to block entrances. Gardai also ask those attending the family fun day in Power’s to use the car-park and not to block up the road.
See www.murroe.net for all details.