New Comeraghs heritage festival planned

A view from the Comeragh Mountains.(mikewallphoto.com).
A new community festival celebrating the beauty and heritage of the Comeragh Mountains will give local communities in the shadow of the range a welcome tourism boost next month.

A new community festival celebrating the beauty and heritage of the Comeragh Mountains will give local communities in the shadow of the range a welcome tourism boost next month.

The Comeraghs Wild Festival will take place in the communities surrounding the Comeraghs from Thursday, September 19 to Monday, September 23.

Mountain walks, guided tours of local heritage sites, arts, music, food and literary events are all being planned for the festival, which aims to showcase the Comeraghs to a national and international tourism audience.

There will also be a focus on the mining heritage of the region and its links with Wales and its culture of storytelling and song.

The festival’s diverse events programme is currently being finalised and will be announced later this month.

Waterford County Council is organising the five-day event in association with a steering committee comprising representatives from each of the communities participating in the festival including Rathgormack near Carrick-on-Suir and Ballymacarbry on the other side of The Nire Valley.

Kilrossanty, Portlaw, Kilmacthomas, Dungarvan, Millstreet and The Coppercoast are the other communities hosting events for the festival.

Waterford Co. Council Tourism Officer Mary Houlihan said: “Irish tourism is most successful where visitors are allowed to access the natural beauty of our environment and engage with local people, culture, foods and providers. This festival will do this in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. We want it to be a catalyst for wider local regeneration, the promotion of local businesses and communities to increase tourism to the Comeragh areas which historically are not traditional destinations.”