The Festival of the Galtees has been on the go since 1976 – suffice to say, a lot of water has passed under the bridge since then. In fairness to those who are keeping the flag flying, this event has outlasted numerous other festivals.
Adjusting to the times, the festival programme is now much condensed and the bulk of this year's activities were confined to last Sunday afternoon and evening. Organisers were blessed with a fine day and the amusements in The Square helped draw people in.
The title of festival queen presently rests with Claire Fitzgerald, an energetic young woman who always seems to have a smile on her face. Parents and children were out in force on Sunday afternoon and there was considerable interest in the baby show, teddy show and doll show.
People also brought along their dogs in the hope of winning a prize. Another festival favourite is wellington throwing and there was no shortage of individuals prepared to have a go. In addition, youngsters were treated to free face painting.
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CAPTION: The Richards family from Mitchelstown enjoying the entertainment that was laid on at the Festival of the Galtees – Marian, Ella, Bob and John. (Pic: John Ahern)