Clogheen Annual Homecoming Festival

With the advent of the Gathering Ireland Festival 2013 the Clogheen Annual Homecoming Festival should be extra special in 2013. We’re really looking forward to it. The festival will run from Wednesday July 31st to Monday August 5th, 2013. Looking forward to seeing you there. You’ll find the full itinerary for the weekend’s entertainment here.

The Festival

Each year on the August Bank Holiday weekend Clogheen Community Council holds a Homecoming Festival with events around the town. The festival is generally opened with a 45 Card Drive in St. Paul’s Community Hall on the Wednesday evening before the Bank Holiday weekend.

Graigue – 2011 Tug of War Winners

The weekend consists of a number of activities and competitions including Sheep Racing, Duck Derby, Wife Carrying Competition, Beat on the Street, Road Race, Draoicht na Faille Deirge, Treasure Hunt, Loop Walk, along with many others.

Clogheen Tug-o-War 1981

One of the highlights of the festival is the Gala day held in Fr. Sheehy GAA Park on the Sunday afternoon. Among the activities on offer here include a dog show, children’s races, over 40’s football tournament and the very much anticipated Tug of War competition. As you can see from the attached pictures, this competition has been run at the festival over the years. The pic on the right was taken in 1981.

Pubs around the town usually participate in the festivities by putting on entertainment on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Bank Holiday weekend.

You’ll find details of the 2012 Homecoming Festival here and the 2013 Homecoming Festival here.

  2 Responses to “Festival”

  1. Will the sheep racing fall on a Saturday or Sunday do you know yet?

    Many thanks


    • Gavin,

      they haven’t released the schedule for 2013 yet, but it’s usually on the Saturday evening.

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