Limerick village on a ‘winning streak’ with annual fest

IT’S renowned for its quiet beauty but the village of Ardpatrick will be bustling with activity over the August Bank Holiday weekend when it hosts the local Na Fianna Festival.

IT’S renowned for its quiet beauty but the village of Ardpatrick will be bustling with activity over the August Bank Holiday weekend when it hosts the local Na Fianna Festival.

Starting on Thursday, August 2 and running until Sunday, August 5, the festival features a packed schedule of entertainment including a Mr and Mrs competition, a photographic exhibition, a Battle of the Parish contest and a Winning Streak evening.

“It’s the bank holiday weekend so if there is anyone around and they have nothing to do, they can take part. There is something to suit every age group,” said David O’Sullivan, chairman of the Ardpatrick Na Fianna Festival.

The festival kicks off on the Thursday night with a table quiz in the Greenwood Inn lounge at 8pm. The theme of the quiz is “generation quiz with a local twist” and will feature questions which will appeal to all ages.

On Friday evening the attention will turn to the great outdoors when a forestry walk takes place in the bike track in the Ballyhoura Mountains.

Registration takes place in Ardpatrick Community Centre at 7pm and the walk starts in the forest at 7.30pm.

Later on Friday night the Alternative Niamh of ná Fianna charity pageant takes place in the Greenwood Inn at 10pm.

Eight very brave local men will take to the stage as ladies to battle it out for their chosen charity. The winner will walk away with €100 as well as €300 for the charity of their choice.

On Saturday a special Mass in memory of Fr David Browne will be celebrated by Bishop of Killala, John Fleming, in Ardpatrick Church at 7pm. Bishop Fleming is a native of Ardpatrick.

Fr Browne who was Parish Priest in Ardpatrick and Kilfinane and was also a member of the festival organising committee passed away last year.

Following the Mass a photographic competition will take place in Ardpatrick Community Centre at 7.45pm.

After the competition, the Battle of the Parish takes place at the grotto.

“There are four roads leading out of Ardpatrick and we get a team from each. We have games in the lawn at the grotto. It’s a bit of local banter,” added David who paid tribute to his fellow committee members for their support.

Also that night in the lounge at the Greenwood Inn there will be live music and dancing while in the back bar there will be a Mr and Mrs competition which will see three local couples test their knowledge of each other.

On Sunday meanwhile, there will be a children’s disco in the Greenwood Inn between 3pm and 5pm. In the back bar of the Greenwood Inn, an afternoon tea party takes place also between 3pm and 5pm. “The good china is being carefully washed in warm soapy water as we speak as we prepare for exquisite afternoon,” states the festival’s Facebook page.

Bingo will take place in Ardpatrick Community Centre between also 3pm and 5pm. A village treasure hunt takes place around Ardpatrick village between 3pm and 6pm. The festival ends on a high note with locals taking part in a version of Winning Streak in the lounge of the Greenwood Inn from 9.30pm.

One lucky contestant will spin the wheel with a chance of winning €1,000. More details on the festival are available on the Facebook page Ardpatrick Na Fianna Festival or contact the festival number 087 6276763.

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