Borrisoleigh Gathering Festival Begins Oct 4th 2013 In Tipperary

All roads will lead to Borrisoleigh here in Co Tipperary for next weekend, as crowds descend on the village for the “Borrisoleigh Annual Gathering Festival,” which takes place from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th of October next. Locals have been busy painting premises around the town and some lovely murals have been skilfully painted to welcome the large crowd expected from near and far, anticipated to be in attendance.

Something For Everyone Over This Coming Weekend In Borrisoleigh

The festival is being officially opened on Friday night at 8:00pm in The Marian Hall and following same, the cast of Borrisoleigh Drama Group will perform the one act play “Spreading the News.” Entry to the Official Opening and theatre production is totally free. This will be later followed by live music in the village square.

Experience A Walk On The “Roof Of North Tipperary” – The Devils Bit Walk

Saturday’s events are set to exercise both leg and brain power, with a three hour walk over the Devil’s Bit Mountain, a Sean Nós Dancing workshop and an historical walking tour of the town with members of the Historical Society sharing their vast knowledge. The ‘Borris Bothy,’ a new community craft shop and tea rooms, will also be in full swing on the weekend. A craft fair will have a number of local craftspeople and artisans selling their produce. On Saturday night there will be a Variety Concert showcasing local and visiting talent, which in itself, promises to be a most wonderful night’s entertainment. Sunday 6th will see a Family Fun Day in the Town Park with a host of activities. Ireland’s Strongest Man, Kevin Murray, will put on a display. There will be Tug ‘o War and Sheaf Tossing contests, together with plenty of sundry activities for kids of all ages to enjoy, not forgetting a BBQ and a Vintage Tractor Drive. Throughout the afternoon a Busking Competition will see talented musicians competing for some great prizes on the streets of the town. (To register to enter the busking competition simply register online at the festival website The Pink Ribbon Events sponsored by Centra in aid of the Irish Cancer Society will also be a huge attraction. You can try your hand to score a goal past Tipperary Senior Goalkeeper, Brendan Cummins and meet other Tipperary hurlers such as Brendan Maher, Paddy Stapleton, Philip Maher, Pa Bourke, Padraig Maher, Seamus Callanan and Dinny Maher. Fancy a game of soccer with a twist? Then you’ve got to try “Bubble Soccer.” (Phone Michael Kinane on Tel: 087-2310941 to book your game, entry fee is €25 per team.) So if that’s not enough for you there is also Sumo Wrestling and a marquee with food tasting and party games. There will be live music in The Square from 5:00pm onwards, starting off with Social/Old Time Dancing to The Castle Trio. There will also be a celebration honouring the Juvenile Champions of 1963. Later on well known and popular bands Outa Diesel, The Baby Powers and Silver Dollar will entertain the crowds late into the night. Note: There will be parking restrictions in the town over the course of the weekend so do arrive early, thus avoiding unnecessary traffic congestion. For further details or to register for events, visit or email You can also follow updates on Facebook and Twitter.

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