Borrisoleigh Co Tipperary is the place to be for the first weekend in October with their Festival taking place from Friday Oct 3rd to Sunday October 5th, 2014.
Local residents have been busy once again this year painting premises around the town and even more exquisite murals have been added this year. A booklet has also been produced to mark this growing festival occasion.
Friday 3rd: The festival will commence with an officially opening in McDonagh Square. The Borrisoleigh festival committee are launching this year’s festival with a Mayoral Candidacy contest. The candidates will be trying to impress you to get your ‘No 1 Vote‘ and a fun filled evening’s entertainment is guaranteed, followed by live music by ‘Outa Diesel.’
Saturday 4th: Same will see two walking tours organised by the local ‘Bush and Briar Ramblers,’ over the Devil’s Bit and on the newly opened Inch Loop Walk. There will be also a ‘Line Dancing Workshop’ in the Marion Hall and a ‘Food and Craft Fair’ in the Square. Live music in the Square starts at 7.30pm with the ‘White Gypsy Band,’ followed by the ever popular ‘Silver Dollar & friends’ at 9.00pm.
Sunday 5th: Sunday starts off with the annual 40k charity cycle organised by the local cycling club with funds raised this year going to Downs Syndrome North Tipp Branch. This Family Fun Day in the park is bigger and better this year with a host of new fun activities added. Along with popular favourites from last year such as Bubble Soccer, Strongman Display by Irish Champion and local man Kevin Murray, Tug of War, Sheaf Tossing, BBQ and Novelty Games of Skill. There is also an exhibition of Birds of Prey, Bouncy Castles, Sumo Wrestling, Rodeo Bull, Arts, Crafts and Music workshops for kids, a Vintage Tractor display, a Climbing Wall, Face Painting and more.
Live music in the Square kicks off at 5.00pm with the ‘Castle Trio,’ and at 7.00pm the acclaimed Liam Ó Maonlaí (Hothouse Flowers fame) will take to the stage. At 9.00pm the band ‘Ebony’ will take over and the new Mayor of Borrisoleigh will be announced.
Note: There will be parking restrictions in the town over the course of the weekend so do follow directions.