The All Saints and Singers celebration in Castleconnell on Bank Holiday Monday, launched by Tess Ryan and Sadbh Hogan, will be ideal for families and friends Picture: Clare Hartigan
THE BEAUTY of Castleconnell has captured many hearts over the centuries and now in 2018 a new group called LOVE Castleconnell aims to spread their passion.
They host their first event – All Saints and Singers – on Bank Holiday Monday, May 7. The day will be a celebration of the area’s rich heritage, culminating in a concert with the vibe of Dingle’s Other Voices.
LOVE Castleconnell stands for Live, Own, Visit, Enjoy, and that’s what Monday’s festivities will be all about. Tara Hartigan, resident and founder of LOVE Castleconnell, said they are so lucky to have such rich culture and history on their doorstep.
“I’m fortunate enough to have grown up in the village so I’m aware of much of its history but newer residents and visitors might not know even where to begin to find out about Castleconnell.
“So what started as a chat over a cup of coffee with some neighbours Jenny Caffrey and Dee Ryan, grew to include the talents of many locals including a founder of the local heritage centre, and has ended up being a one day festival supported by Ballyhoura Development,” said Tara.
She says it is a wonderful opportunity for families and friends to have a day out in their beautiful village.
It begins on Monday at 2.30pm in Bradshaw’s Bar. Tourists and residents are encouraged to come along and learn more about the history of Castleconnell from local historian Paddy Tuohy.
At 4pm, walkers are invited to stroll around the area to admire its Georgian architecture, visit the heritage centre, view the castle and discover the beauty of the nature trail along the River Shannon.
The concert commences at 7.30pm in the historic All Saints Church in Stradbally. The show features music, comedy and poetry. Amongst the local artists booked to perform is the talented Shane Bond, the Castleconnell Folk Club and special ghost appearances by General Sir Richard Bourke, former Governor of NSW, Australia and Black Jack Fitzgibbon, first Earl of Clare.
LOVE Castleconnell, is a voluntary, community organisation, founded by residents Tara Hartigan, Nicky McNamara, Jennifer Caffrey, Deirdre Ryan and Eamonn McQuade. The aim of the group is to encourage tourists and residents to Live, Own, Visit and Enjoy the scenic village, including its riverside walks, rich heritage, history, artistic and musical offerings.
All events on the day are free but you are advised to turn up early for the evening event. For more information see visit www.facebook.com/LoveCastleconnell