Raft and duck racing planned for river festival

A river festival will be the highlight of the Clancy Brothers Music & Arts Festival’s programme of free community events in Carrick-on-Suir on the June Bank Holiday Weekend.

A river festival will be the highlight of the Clancy Brothers Music & Arts Festival’s programme of free community events in Carrick-on-Suir on the June Bank Holiday Weekend.

The river festival will take place at Sean Healy Park along the banks of the Suir on Bank Holiday Monday on June 3.

It will feature raft races, duck races, cot building, basket weaving, face painting, street entertainers, a Viking re-enactment, arts and craft for children, music and dancing.

There will also be a gig stage with live music from Amber Jean, Two Time Polka and The Fayerweather Band.

Another festival highlight will be the busking competition that will fill streets of the town with music from groups and solo artists on Saturday, June 1.

The competition will be in two sections: U-18s between 1pm and 3pm, and seniors from 3.30pm to 5.30pm. Winners will be announced on the day and there will be cash prizes.

Busking competition entries are being taken at Carrick-on-Suir Heritage Centre and forms can be found on the Clancy Festival website.

Elsewhere, Brewery Lane Theatre will host a folk club for the first time on Thursday, May 30.

Local musicians and guests will perform informal sessions at the club. Singers and musicians are welcome to come and join in with a song or two or even a recitation. The folk club will start at 8.15pm and tickets will cost €5.

The annual Eoghan Power Memorial Song Contest will take place once again at Figgerty’s Pub on the Sunday night.

This is always a great night and never fails to showcase so much talent. Entry forms can be obtained on the Festival website.

There will also be music sessions in many of the town’s pubs throughout festival. Sessions will be hosted at The Comeragh, O’Ceallachain’s, The Strand Bar, Figgerty’s, Pollard’s and The Old Mill.

For those interested in outdoor pursuits, a river walk to Dove Hill will take place on the Sunday at 9am. Walkers will meet at the Davin Club.

There will also be a guided walking tour of Carrick-on-Suir on Saturday, June 1. It will leave from Carrick-on-Suir Heritage Centre at 10am. Tickets cost €5.

Cycling fans will have the Bobby Power Carrick Wheelers Challenge Sportive 160km road race to watch. It will start and finish in Carrick-on-Suir on Sunday, June 2.

For the foodies, there will be the Farmers Market on Friday, May 31 and a Festival of Food in the town on Saturday, June 1.

Tickets for the Damien Dempsey concert at The Strand Theatre on May 31 are now on sale from Carrick-on-Suir Heritage Centre.

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