Clogheen Homecoming Festival 2013
Clogheen’s Annual Homecoming festival will run this year from July 31st to August 4th. Scroll to the bottom of the post for the festival poster.
The homecoming festival in Clogheen has been an annual “Gathering” for many years with family members regularly travelling home for the festival weekend. This year will be no different.
The festival opens on Wednesday July 31st with a historical tour of Clogheen and a book launch in the Hermitage Resturant @ 7.30pm. Followed by a cheese and wine reception on the completion of the walk. Ed O Riordan local historian and author has complied a book on some of the historical places in Clogheen. We are very grateful to Ed for his many hours of hard work and research.
Our card players are also catered for on Wednesday night with a €10 game in the Community Centre @8.30pm.
Thursday August 1st; 5km Road race and fun walk. This event proves to be very successful every year. Numbers are on the increase as fitness is playing an important part in our lives. Entry fee €10 for runners and €5 for walkers. Assembly at the Community hall @ 7pm for an 8pm start. Refreshments served after race. This gives the runners a chance to socialise and get to know each other.
Friday August 2nd; 50Km fun cycle, Everywhere you look now somebody is cycling, now is your chance to support the centre by parttaking in the fun cycle. On friday night August 2nd meeting @ the centre for reg @6pm, entry fee €20.
We are also holding s family fun cycle @ 7.30pm for the less active. We had a large turnout last year and in hoping for the same this year. Entry fee €3 per person. Refreshments after both cycle.
Saturday August 3rd; Kiddies treasure hunt, and early start for the young folk at 11.30am with the annual treasure hunt. Solve the problem, find the clues and return to the centre, prizes for the winners.
Leisure walk and picnic @2pm.
Venue; the Duck Ponds in Gortacullen Wood (last forest entrance on right hand side travelling from Clogheen to Goatenbridge, it will be signed) in conjunction with the Knockmealdown Active group @ 2pm. Entry fee €3 and the picnic will be provided by the festival committee. You must make your own way to Duck Pond ( 200 yards beyond Graigue Pub on the road to Goatenbridge).
Later in the evening a return of the Drag Queen competition in Nedeens Bar @10pm. This competition drew great competitors on previous occasions and we are hoping for the same this year. A great night of fun and laughter.
Sunday August 4th; Gala family day in Fr Sheehys G.A.A. Park ( by kind permission) at 2pm. Fancy Dress, under GAA marches, Dog show, sports, sheaf throwing, bouncy castle, pick a pooh ticket €5 bottle stall, bar b que. 4pm Tug of war.
New attraction this year at your gala day will be “Rock Wall Climbing” test your skills on this sideshow, €3 a climb.
Raffle tickets are also on sale with first prize being a Two Night Hotel Break, 2nd drinks hamper and 3rd Tipp jersey, 4th bottle brandy, book of 3 €5.
This is a day when we get a chance to meet up with our neighbouring parishes and have the old chat in a fun filled afternoon.
7.30pm; National Sheep Racing Finals in the community centre, bookies on the night.
As you can see the festival is a busy weekend, something for everyone so come along and join us and support your Community Centre.