Mary from Murroe pageant rocks to a brand new beat

Donal O’Regan


Donal O’Regan

Tickets have been selling fast for Hermitage Green who headline the first Murroe Music Festival, as part of the Mary from Murroe weekend, this Friday night, August 22. Picture: Liam O'Cathasaigh
IT IS GOING to be a jam-packed Mary from Murroe festival this weekend organised by the community for the community.

IT IS GOING to be a jam-packed Mary from Murroe festival this weekend organised by the community for the community.

With rock bands, family fun, cycle, pitch and putt, air display, terrier racing and, of course, the Mary from Murroe pageant, it is going to be a weekend not to be missed.

A new addition this year is the Murroe Music Festival - the brainchild of local men Nick Whittome and Philip King. They have started in style by inviting Catalpa, Cuisle and Hermitage Green to headline in a marquee beside Crokers this Friday night, August 22.

Tickets priced at just €15 have been selling fast. As it is a not for profit weekend revellers can enjoy a great band on their doorstep and know that their money is going back into the locality.

Last January, Murroe Community Council purchased six acres in the village for €125,000. The plan is to develop it for the growing local population. A survey has taken place to get locals’ views on what the community council should build there.

Philip says since the festival was started up again in 2009, “We have tried to add different events to the festival to cater to the needs of both young and old”.

For those not feeling the effects of the night before a Murroe 5K roadrace will be held on Saturday morning at 11am. First man home will be awarded the Egan Cup, donated by John Egan and the first woman back will receive the Glenstal Cup, courtesy of the Benedictine Community. Race categories also include junior men and Women (u19); over 40 and 50 men; over 35 and 40 women; with spot prizes for walkers and families.

There are a number of combination ticket packages for families, adults and juniors that include the road race, cycling events on Sunday, green fee for the pitch and putt in Glenside and the pageant.

From 8pm on Saturday night eight young ladies will vie to take over from last year’s Mary from Murroe, Megan Landers. The family fun and sports day takes place in Harty Park on Sunday from 2pm and there is something for all ages.

Attractions include bouncing castle, story telling, stocks, coconut shy, welly throwing, fun competitions, hurling blitz and even the Murroe Grand Prix!

Local pilot Gerry Humphreys will be travelling at higher speeds as he will put on an air display overhead. The terrier racing is on at 6.30pm.

“There will be no entrance fee but there will be buckets throughout the park. All donations will be going to the community field,” said Philip. Every night there will be entertainment in The Valley Inn, Power’s and Crokers.

For more on all these events and how to book tickets log onto with information also on

See page 8 of Leader 2 for a full schedule of events