A young BANDS contest, children’s parade, raft races, busking competition and viking battle re-enactment will be among the eclectic array of free enterainment in Carrick-on-Suir during the Clancy Brothers Music & Arts Festival.
There will be an action packed programme of free family entertainment in the town throughout the five-day festival during the June Bank Holiday Weekend.
There will be celebrations at Ormond Castle on Saturday, June 3 between 11am and 1pm for the launch of South Tipperary Tourism’s Butler Trail brochure and map detailing the historic sites in Carrick-on-Suir, Clonmel and Cahir associated with the Butlers of Ormonde.
Black Tom Butler, owner of Ormond Castle in the 16th century, and his wife will make a special guest appearance at the launch in full period dress and talk about life in Carrick on Suir over 400 years ago.
There will also be medieval craft demonstrations, medieval music, a falconry display, a display of swords and weaponry and historic walking tour of the town. Children will be invited to dress up in costumes from this medieval period and hear tales of life in those days.
Festivities will then move to Carrick-on-Suir’s Main Street where musicians and singers will vie for honours in the Clancy Festival’s busking competition from 2pm to 4pm.
Application forms for the busking competition can be downloaded from the Clancy Festival website.
Music and fun will fill Kickham Street later that afternoon for the first of the family fun events, which begins at 4pm.
The line up of entertainment will include a Young Bands Competition from 4pm to 6pm and from 6pm to 10pm there will be a concert with local and national bands entertaining the masses.
Bands playing on the evening include Amber Jean, Two Time Polka, The Butterfly Band and The Fayerweather Band.
There will also be live street entertainment including dancing, street entertainers, children’s art and face painting. It is sure to be a fantastic event full of music, magic and fun for all the family.
The fun on Sunday, June 3 will kick off at 2pm with the Children’s Parade featuring hundreds of local kids involved in sports and social clubs and societies.
The parade will begin at Ormond Castle and proceed through the town centre to the River Festival and Family Fun Day on the river bank at Sean Healy Park, which runs from 3pm to 6pm.
This is expected to be a wonderful family day with raft races, duck races, cot building, basket weaving, face painting, live angling demonstrations, street entertainers, arts and crafts for children, music and dancing and a Viking battle re-enactment.
Clancy Brothers Festival PRO Claire O’Regan said the success of the Festival’s family fun days relies on the generosity of the local community towards their fundraising events.
She said the Festival organising committee wished to extend a big thank you to everyone who supported the recent race night in O’Ceallachains and flag days.
For more information on the Clancy Brothers Music & Arts Festival please check out www.clancybrothersfestival.org or the Festival’s Facebook page.