Clancy Brothers Festival appeals for volunteers

Carrick-on-Suir’s Clancy Brothers Music and Arts Festival returns for its 6th consecutive year this June Bank Holiday Weekend and its organisers are looking for volunteers to help run the four day event.

Carrick-on-Suir’s Clancy Brothers Music and Arts Festival returns for its 6th consecutive year this June Bank Holiday Weekend and its organisers are looking for volunteers to help run the four day event.

The Festival committee are working tirelessly to further build on the success of this flagship festival celebrating Carrick-on-Suir world famous Clancy Brothers ballad group and the town’s arts and heritage.

The programme of festival events running from Thursday, May 30 to Monday, June 3, will be announced in more detail over the coming weeks and is expected to be the biggest and best yet.

This year’s festival will also proudly celebrate the life and achievements of the late Maurice Davin, the GAA ‘s first president and one of its founders. The key event will be the unveiling of a statue of Davin outside Davin Park.

Many of the festival’s most popular events will make a welcome return. For those of you eager to uncover some more of the towns hidden treasures, you may be tempted by one of the organised historical walks by lane or riverside.

The Arts Trail featuring the work of more than 100 local artists, photographers and craft workers will provide an explosion of colour and creativity throughout the town.

Buskers and balladeers will perform in the streets and public houses of Carrick-on-Suir over the bank holiday weekend.

The Brewery Lane Theatre and The Strand Theatre will continue to showcase local talent in many artistic forms and attract some of the nation’s finest performers to their stages.

Workshops will be set up for those keen on perfecting a pastime. The very popular free family fun day will also be a central part of the Festival.

Another popular family event will be the Butler Trail, a celebration of Ormond Castle’s history. The Castle’s courtyard will be filled with many of the traditions and characters so proudly associated with this historic building.

With the Clancy Brothers Music and Arts Festival, The Butler Trail and Maurice Davin Memorial celebrations, Carrick-on-Suir will certainly be taking playing a key role in The Gathering, a series of festivals and tourist events aimed at attracting home the Irish diaspora from around the world.

The Festival committee has issued an open invitation to any person who feels they could help the festival in anyway this year.

“We will need assistance leading up to the Festival weekend and over the bank holiday weekend,” said Ross Clery of Festival Committee.

“These tough economic times have put a stretch on everyone’s resources but if you feel you can offer the festival assistance no matter how small please make contact with Colette in The Heritage Centre, Main Street, Carrick on Suir on (051) 640 200.

“Being part of The Clancy Brothers Music and Arts Festival though sometimes challenging is always rewarding,” he added.

For more information visit www.clancybrothersfestival.org and follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter.than any before thanks to the Festival’s support from Carrick on Suir Town Council, town’s cultural societies, commercial, tourism, economic and development organisations, community groups, county and national grant bodies and the generosity of the town’s people.