The three-day Ned Kelly festival in Moyglass proved a huge success with the rare sight of traffic jams in the village.
Mary Fleming cut the tape to get proceedings under way on Friday evening and Marie Crean gave a short speech on the Moyglass/Ned Kelly connection. Terry Cunningham gave an extremely informative and professional display, on the big screen, of all relevant records from Moyglass Church that date back to when John Kelly, Ned Kelly’s great grandfather, married Ellen Head on June 16, 1799. He also displayed the Australian records and the one that has particular importance is the registration of John ‘Red’ Kelly’s last child Grace, where he lists his home area as Moyglass. A tour of the sites connected with John ‘Red’ Kelly was completed with Terry as guide.
Saturday night had a traditional Irish music session and also Seanachai Walter Dunphy had the audience some spellbound that you could hear a pin drop.
Saturday commenced with Athletics for all. The Ned Kelly obstacle race was won by Declan Ryan. The Vintage tractor run had almost forty entries. The ‘School Reunion’ was an outstanding success also.
The Fureys and Davey Arthur and ‘We Looked Like Giants’ went down a treat.
Sunday saw a fine display of arts and crafts at hall and of course the dog show won by Shay Ryan.
The greasy pig competition captivated all. A static show of vintage cars and tractors and memorabilia also took place. The tug-o-war was won by a Murroe team.