The outgoing chairman of Carrick-on-Suirâ€™s flagship Clancy Brothers Music & Arts Festival says the greatest reward for him and the organising committee during his time at the helm has been watching the emergence of local talent at the festival.
Ross Clery has stepped down as chairman of the organising committee after overseeing five successful years of the Clancy Brothers Festival.
â€œThe festival has attracted some of Irelandâ€™s best known acts to Carrick-on-Suir including Sharon Shannon, The High Kings, Mundy, Paul Brady and Bagatelle,â€ recalled Ross.
â€œHowever the greatest reward for the Committee has been seeing the emergence of local talent, from performing on stage with the big acts, to singing for the first time in public or seeing their artwork exhibited throughout the town.â€
â€œMuch of the success of the festival comes from working with many local organisations to promote Carrick-on-Suir through the Art Trail, the River Festival and Walk, Heritage events, the Ormond Castle and Sporting events,â€ he continued.
Reflecting on his involvement in the festival, Ross Clery said: â€œIt has been a very rewarding experience, made all the more enjoyable thanks to the work of the many committee members and volunteers, and the continued loyalty of festival patrons and the support of the people of Carrick-on-Suir.â€â€¨The Festival Committee held its agm last month and planning is well underway for the 2015 Festival. Carrick-on-Suir can look forward to more music in the streets and in the pubs and a full programme of arts and cultural events in the townâ€™s theatres and art venues over the June Bank Holiday Weekend. â€¨The Festival Committee is looking for new members. If you would like to be involved in anyway or have ideas for events, you can contact the committee through the website www.clancybrothersfestival.org, through Facebook or by post to The Clancy Brothers Festival C/O The Tudor Artisan Hub, Main St., Carrick-on-Suir or call into Jim Butler at Butlerâ€™s Electrical, Main Street, Carrick-on-Suir.