Aoife O'Mahony and Tony Coffey in conversation on the Waterford Greenway at Kilmacthomas ahead of the Sean Kelly Dawn Chorus Cycle. (Picture: Patrick Browne)

Clubs, societies, groups or individuals planning on taking part in the Sean Kelly Dawn Chorus Cycle in the early hours of Saturday, July 14, are urged to get their skates on as pre-registration closes on Monday, July 2, or when the quota of 500 participants is reached.

The off-road charity cycle event is one of the key features at Waterford’s much-loved Comeragh’s Wild Festival which is back from July 12 to 15.

Solas Cancer Support Centre and St John’s Special School, Dungarvan will both benefit from the cycle and each participant gets a goody bag and a healthy breakfast afterwards at the Rainbow Hall in Kilmacthomas.

Organiser, Johnny Brunnock, said registrations are flooding in. “It’s going to be a great morning on the Greenway. We’ve had lots of family registrations and are now encouraging sports and social clubs, office teams, groups or individuals to book their place.

“It’s a leisure and pleasure event so people can go at their own pace, enjoy the scenery and have a great morning in the fresh air. The long-term forecast seems to be very good and we’re hoping for a fantastic day. We’re cutting registration off at 500 people so people need to book now on to guarantee their place.

Meanwhile, Kilmacthomas is preparing for a massive,  free street fete on Saturday next, July 14, from 3pm to 7pm. It’s a carnival event with a heavy emphasis on showcasing the food and craft producers in the region whose businesses have flourished since the Festival began six years ago and the Greenway first opened in March of last year.

Local accountant and treasurer of Kilmacthomas Social Enterprise, Martin Morris, says local businesses have flourished since the Waterford Greenway opened and the Comeragh’s Wild Street Fete is a great opportunity for everyone to celebrate together, showcase and the enjoy the amazing produce from the region.

“We’re closing off the main street for the Street Fete from the Bank of Ireland right down to the barber shop. It’s going to be a major celebration – allow this community to take stock of the dramatic changes that have occurred here over the past 18 months since the Waterford Greenway first opened. We’re having an old-fashioned carnival with picnic tables, stalls, vintage cars and tractors, a petting zoo and more.

“But the big draw will be a country market featuring the very best of local producers and crafts people. Local businesses support local and the Comeragh’s Wild Festival is a brilliant opportunity for us all to celebrate this.”

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