THE FOURTH year of Murroe/Boher’s Expo is a perfect start to the parish’s Gathering celebrations.
Four years ago Fr Simon Sleeman, chairman of the community council, said he kept hearing the phrase “there is nothing happening in Murroe”.
So instead of hiding their light under a bushel they decided to celebrate all the local organisations, clubs and craftworkers.
“The place is alive!” said Fr Simon at the time and the event has continued to grow from strength to strength.
There is a talk, workshop or an activity for all ages and interests.
It begins this Friday, March 8 at 11am to mark International Women’s Day in the Muintir na Tire hall; from 5pm - 7pm a children’s pottery workshop in Abington Enterprise Centre and the night is rounded off by traditional storytelling by Eddie Linehan with a Murroe flavour from 8pm to 9.30pm upstairs in Crokers.
On Saturday, the art, craft, hobby and business expo runs from noon to 5pm in the hall. For the first time this will be held on Sunday as well.
“People go to so much effort to set up their stalls and some couldn’t get there on Saturday so we decided to hold it over two days,” said Fr Simon.
At 11.30am, McGuire’s old forge in the village will once again be home to blacksmiths, who will be fired up to show their skills to the younger generations. This runs to 4pm and proved a big draw last year. Murroe National School will be open on a Saturday, but the children won’t mind as there are drumming and rap workshop from 11.30am.
In a double first - the recently refurbished Boher community hall will feature art, KNex, physics experiments and displays for children and families from noon to 6pm.
Another form of education takes place in Crokers from 11.30am to 1pm. Tony Bates, founder of Headstrong - the national centre of youth mental health - will give a talk.
Mr Bates will be familiar to many from his regular appearances on the John Murray and Marian Finucane shows.
“It’s the first year we have had him. He’s a very important person in the mental health field and everyone is welcome to come along and hear him speak,” said Fr Simon.
Sunday commences with 11.30am Mass and for those who may wish to clear their head after Saturday night a 15k walk in Glenstal Woods. Registration from 1.15pm at the Muintir na Tire hall.
The expo in the hall runs again from noon to 5pm with the annual healthcare expo on from noon to 6pm upstairs in Crokers.
Thanks to Anna Gibson-Steel there will be holistic therapies, as well as diet and nutrition, counselling, medical practices and more - 50 per cent discount on treatments on the day.
Thoughts will then turn to the Gathering celebrations with a number of genealogy workshops next week. It will culminate with around 200 of the O’Malley clan from far and wide joining together on St Patrick’s night.
See more about this event in next week’s Leader and photographs from the Expo. See www.murroe.net for a complete timetable of all the events happening this weekend.
Judging by what is planned, nobody could ever say nothing happens in Murroe again!