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Holly McCarthy, Eva Duggan, Caoimhe Maguire and Brid Gilligan negotiating an obstacle course on spacehoppers at a previous Kilmurry Harvest Festival. There is a wide range of fun events on over the weekend. Photograph by John Kelly.

Kilmurry Harvest Festival returns with huge range of events

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THE STAGE is set for the return of the Kilmurry Harvest Festival which runs from this Thursday, August 4,  to Sunday next. 

Proceedings get underway with a Quiz Night at the Pumphouse Bar on Thursday evening from 9pm. This is a table quiz for teams of four, at a charge of €20 per table. Haulie Hannon will be the Quiz Master. 

Those with an eye for style will be blown away by Friday night’s fashion show, also taking place at the Pumphouse. That gets underway at 8pm. The looks have been put together by High Street Fashion, Freya, CD2 and more. Hair and makeup for models will be looked after by Flair Hair Salon, with music from Devanney’s Goats. 

This year’s harvest festival will put a focus on health and wellbeing and Saturday will provide opportunities to get out and about in the fresh air.

On Saturday, Exercise with Noel gets underway at Kilmurry Astro Turf Pitch at 10am. This is a free event and open to everyone. Exercise with Aoife begins at 2pm and is also a free event, for everyone, at the astro turf pitch.

Also at 2pm, Pitch and Putt for teams of two is available in Walton Lodge. Mike Corbett can be contacted for times. Saturday evening will be full of fun with Bingo at Kilmurry Community Hall at 8pm and a highly-anticipated, and tasty, Black Pudding Night at the Pumphouse. Music there will come from Fionn Hayes. 

A very special festival mass will be celebrated in Kilmurry Church at 10am with a coffee morning afterwards. Jake Justice will lead a historical walk of Kilmurry at 11.30am.

The focal point for the rest of Sunday’s activities will be Lynch’s Field. The eagerly-anticipated ‘Field Day’ is packed with activity. First up at 12.30pm is the U-9 Hurling Blitz. Bridge Soccer Club will run its Underage Soccer Blitz at 2pm.

That is followed at 3pm by Ladies Soccer, a Macra Display and Games and Michael O’Brien’s legendary Sheaf Throwing Competition, which has categories for men, women, juniors and seniors. A dog show will also take place as well as an exciting large vintage show and a display of traditional butter making.

Other activities will include Hook the Duck, Ring the Bull, Feed the Clown, Football and Hurling Dart Boards, a Best Dressed Baby competition, face painting, nail art, pony and trap rides, a kids baking competition and welly throwing. 

A highlight of Sunday afternoon is the Duck Race with a weekend away up for grabs for the lucky winner. All afternoon, burgers, hot dogs, tea, coffee, ice cream and scones will be available. 

After all of the afternoon’s fun, patrons can look forward to the festival ‘Hooley’ in the Pumphouse Bar. 

Full details are available on Facebook. 

About Fiona McGarry

Fiona McGarry joined The Clare Champion as a reporter after a four-year stint as producer of Morning Focus on Clare FM. Prior to that she worked for various radio, print and online titles, including Newstalk, Maximum Media and The Tuam Herald. Fiona’s media career began in her native Mayo when she joined Midwest Radio. She is the maker of a number of radio documentaries, funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). She has also availed of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to report on development issues supported by Irish Aid in Haiti. She won a Justice Media Award for a short radio series on the work of Bedford Row Project, which supports prisoners and families in the Mid-West. Fiona also teaches on the Journalism programmes at NUI Galway. If you have a story and would like to get in touch with Fiona you can email her at fmcgarry@clarechampion.ie or telephone 065 6864146.

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