Before, during and after last weekend’s Clogheen Homecoming Festival, most conversations centred around the Tipperary/Galway match in Croke Park. Indeed, such was the fervour created that festival organisers revised last Sunday’s programme of events to accommodate match-goers. As many had predicted, this game went down to the wire, with Galway just edging proceedings by the bare minimum. 

While things didn’t go according to plan at Jones’ Road, back home in Clogheen, things fell into place nicely for the hardworking organising committee. In a roundabout way, the decision to bring forward the gala family day by 24 hours worked out perfectly as Sunday afternoon saw heavy rain sweep through most of Munster.

In contrast, last Saturday evening was perfect for the various activites laid on for adults and children. As is traditional, Fr Sheehy GAA Park was the setting for the football, obstacle course, wheel of fortune, outdoor bingo, golf competition and festival barbecue.

The large crowd, ideal weather and free admission for children all made for a most enjoyable occasion. Festival volunteers were out in force and thanks to their efforts everything ran smoothly.

This year’s programme got underway last Thursday (3rd August) with the 5k road run for which there was a fine turnout of runner/walkers. On Friday, the Vee to Clogheen freewheel cycle competition took place, again, there was no shortage of daring souls prepared to take up the challenge. The revised schedule which included sheep racing in St Paul’s Community Centre went ahead as scheduled last Sunday evening.

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