Competition information: Early Might 2019 – The Clare Echo


WITH the summer time approaching, pageant season is formally in full swing. With that in thoughts, The Clare Echo brings you occasions from across the county which are positive to carry loads of leisure within the coming weeks, beginning off this Might Financial institution Vacation weekend.

Competition of Finn, Corofin

FESTIVAL Of Finn returns in 2019 with a five-day household enjoyable pageant incorporating the World Stone Throwing Championship, Eire’s Greatest Beard and Moustache Competitors, Competition Fancy Gown Parade, Lark on the Lake, Corofin Village Market, Competition Dance, trad live performance and seisiúns, dancing and tune, historical past and legends, poetry, competitions and video games, strolling occasions and plenty extra.

Might Financial institution Vacation marks the seventh 12 months of Corofin’s wildly profitable Competition of Finn. From the opening on Thursday til the solar units on Monday night, the pageant will provide a big programme of occasions from which to decide on, one thing for all of the household. Coupled with Corofin’s distinctive setting of lakes, historic venues, mystical stone panorama, and nice expanse of sky, you have got each purpose to hitch the Competition of Finn for an unrivalled weekend of enjoyable.

A core part of the Competition of Finn, the facially gifted will showcase their efforts at O’Riain’s Bar on Saturday, Might four at 9pm as a part of the annual Beard and Moustache competitors. These wishing to enter ought to head to the bar for 7pm to register. The organisers count on this occasion to be one of many highlights of the Competition of Finn Might Financial institution Vacation celebrations. With an awesome choice of prizes to be received, quite a few classes to participate in – this can be a competitors to not be missed.

Classes for Eire Greatest Beard and Moustache Competitors will embody: Eire’s Greatest Giant Beard, Eire’s Greatest Small Beard, Eire’s Greatest Partial Beard, Eire’s Greatest Goatee and Eire’s Greatest Moustache. In addition they have a particular class prize and trophy for Greatest Native Beard and Greatest Faux Beard.

In the meantime for some household enjoyable, Lark on the Lake will wind up the pageant in model. Anticipate open air music, bouncy citadel, barbecue, stalls hawkers and enjoyable and video games. Singers and musicians are additionally welcome to come back alongside to Inchiquinn Lake, the place households are inspired to carry a rug, sit, calm down and luxuriate in. There would be the animal street present, impediment course, goal soccer, join four, horse shoe throwing, canine present and far way more, all for simply €5. Lark on the Lake commences at 2pm at Lake Inchiquin on Monday Might 6. Word that location is climate dependent and can transfer to Corofin Group Corridor if moist.

The total programme of occasions might be discovered at

The Newmarket on Fergus Agricultural Present
The Newmarket on Fergus Agricultural Present is among the longest operating reveals in Eire and this 12 months is being held on Sunday the fifth Might. The unique present started within the late 1940’s and lasted round 15-20 years. The present as we all know it at present, was developed within the 1970’s to incorporate cattle displaying, horse displaying, miniature horses and a canine present.
Our new location final 12 months on the Dromoland Highway, proved to be a giant success, with the structure offering a extra constructive expertise for everybody on the present.
We’ve got quite a few present horse, working hunter and present leaping courses that will probably be held all through the day. And n 2019, we’ve got two qualifiers throughout the Present Horse part, the Yearling Colt/Gelding Qualifier and the Two-Yr-Outdated Filly Qualifier.
Every year, our cattle part is popping out top quality animals in each the Industrial and Pedigree courses, with many animals going to on to have large success within the Cappamore and Tullamore reveals. With pedigree Limousin, Charolais and Belgian Blue courses on present, there’s an array of wonderful animals to be seen.
As with yearly this guarantees to be a unbelievable, enjoyable stuffed day for households and all concerned, with bouncy castles, farmers markets, commerce stands, classic show and our vastly widespread canine present.
So, please be a part of us this Sunday fifth Might, for what will probably be an immensely gratifying day trip for all concerned. Extra info might be discovered on our Fb web page, Newmarket on Fergus Agricultural Present.

The Agriculture Present in Newmarket on Fergus is anticipated to attract massive crowds

Féíle Chnoc na Gaoithe, Tulla
Féíle Chnoc na Gaoithe, Tulla Conventional Music pageant will happen from 17th to 19th Might, 2019.
It’s a weekend pageant of music, tune and dance, with two concert events that includes Danny O’Mahony and Tony Linnane with Edel Vaughan on Friday 17th Might and Manus McGuire with Emily Flack, musician, singer and dancer on Saturday evening 18th. Native group Caise will open the Saturday evening live performance. Set dancers will probably be foot tapping on Sunday, 19th Might on the céílí within the Marquee, beginning at 3pm with the Cnoc na Gaoithe Céílí Band , they are going to be adopted by the legendary TULLA CÉILÍ BAND from 4pm to 6pm.
Workshops will happen on Saturday morning in quite a lot of devices together with Fiddle with Tony Linnane and Manus McGuire, Accordion with Fergus Bogue, Concertina with Liam O’Brien, Banjo with Keith O’Loughlin and Tin Whistle with Gearóid McNamara. Registration is at Cnoc na Gaoithe at 9.30am.
Sunday night will characteristic two unbelievable C.D. launches at 6pm in Teddy Griffins Bar. Clare FM’s Paula Carroll will carry out the East Clare launch of Kilmaley sisters Aoibheann and Pamela Queally’s new C.D. Past the Bellows and the Bow, this will probably be adopted by the launch of Cavan man, Fergus Bogue’s debut C.D. Díreach ón gCroí by Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha of Raidio na Gaeltachta.

Live performance tickets will probably be obtainable at Cnoc na Gaoithe, Tulla Pharmacy and from Custy’s Conventional Music store and on-line from Pre- reserving is strongly suggested as seating is proscribed. Tickets and workshop locations might be booked by telephone on 087 8350996 and 087 1715760.
There will probably be periods in The Powerhouse, Teddy Griffins Bar and Flan’s Bar all weekend. Full particulars on our web site and

Whitegate Might Financial institution Vacation Competition 2019
Thursday the 2nd of Might sees the annual Whitegate Might Financial institution Vacation Weekend happen in North East Clare. The pageant is run by the Whitegate Group Council, an area physique chargeable for co-ordinating the actions over the weekend. The pageant cherishes its affinity to native customs and traditions, with its roots tracing again to over forty years in the past.

Performing Chairman, Jack Treacy spoke with The Clare Echo concerning the significance of the pageant to the local people of Whitegate. Of the council’s duties jack advised us, “We glance after issues referring to the Clare County Council and something that considerations Whitegate. We’re the physique that represents the village and the parish.”

Jack spoke concerning the opening ceremony on Thursday 8pm on the G.A.A Clubhouse. The launch of the Booklet ‘Townlands of Clonrush (Whitegate)’ was a undertaking based with the hearts of the neighborhood in thoughts. The collaboration commemorates “the townland names, the place did they originate and the way have they developed over time.” Jack famous the historic relevance of the booklet to the individuals of Whitegate and labelled it as a “social historical past of the parish”. The neighborhood council commissioned two girls to compile the gathering, Mary O’ Leary and Bernadette Watson. The booklet is on sale domestically.

With reference to issues of sport and the structure of the pageant, Jack admonished that the hurling and camogie attracts the biggest crowd. On Saturday Might 4th at 10 am the Ultan Hayes U-10 event takes place. Adopted by Camogie, the place Whitegate tackle Clooney-Quin at four.30pm. On Monday sixth, the Dinny Ryan 5/10okay run and street race takes place in commemoration of an area athlete from the 1940’s. The rest of the pageant focuses on household enjoyable with a sing a protracted, tractor race and household cycle occasion organised for Friday, Sunday and Tuesday respectively.
On a ultimate notice, Jack spoke concerning the function of the pageant emphasising its intention to ‘construct neighborhood spirit.’ “It’s a small village with a put up workplace, two outlets and one native pub.” The power of neighborhood is seen by the assorted neighborhood teams that put their finest foot ahead. The dad or mum’s affiliation being the biggest contributor to the pageant itself.

Additional particulars might be discovered on-line on the ‘Whitegate Might Financial institution Vacation Competition’ Fb Web page.

Bodyke Competition 2019
This Friday (at present) sees the seventh operating of the East Clare Bodyke Annual Competition. Sporting a profusely numerous programme catered in direction of people and households of all ages, the pageant commences this financial institution vacation weekend on Friday Might third.

Initially established by Colm Wiley of Bodyke the operating of the pageant has since handed on to his son Liam Wiley. Talking to The Clare Echo, Liam spoke concerning the exhausting work of the committee comprised of 9 or ten people of which he’s performing chairman.

Mr. Wiley acknowledged the significance of the pageant to the village of Bodyke and its intention to, “preserve the village in fine condition and guarantee a degree of consolation for the older residents.” The altruistic nature of the pageant shone brightly by his phrases, with all proceeds of the pageant being directed in direction of Tidy Cities and Milford Hospice. Liam spoke of the connection between the older gentry of Bodyke and Milford Hospice, of which a number of of the village’s members are at present residing.

On the programme itself, Liam spoke enthusiastically of its anticipation throughout the neighborhood. “It’s the primary pageant of the 12 months which actually units the tone. We’re anticipating a few hundred individuals at the very least. Hopefully we’ll have some good climate for the Financial institution Vacation Weekend.”
The road-up for the weekend consists of an official opening by Fr. David Carrol on Friday night at 8pm, adopted by an in-church live performance led by Sean Keane succeeded by a session in Cobblers Relaxation. Saturday features a 5/10okay stroll in addition to a Golf Basic rounding up with some late-night leisure. The spotlight of Sunday guarantees to be a serious trad session that includes a bunch of proficient younger people. The Competition finishes off strongly with a Sports activities Day adopted by a big set dancing competitors.

Extra info might be discovered on-line on the ‘Bodyke Annual Competition Might Financial institution Vacation Weekend’ Fb web page.

Mullaghmore. Photo: Julie TillettThe Burren Sluggish Meals Competition will carry one thing for all of the foodies. Picture: Julie Tillett

Burren Sluggish Meals

This month Lisdoonvarna performs host to the 13th annual Burren Sluggish Meals Competition, bringing collectively meals and drinks producers, cooks, creators, eaters and writers for a weekend of talks, demonstrations and pop-up dinners from cooks together with Michelin stars Danni Barry and Takashi Miyazaki, Brian Donnelly from Belfast’s Bia Insurgent and Euro-Toques Commissioner Common, Gareth Mullins.

Impressed by the Style the Atlantic seafood journey, which stretches south from Erris, Co. Mayo to Connemara and on to Galway Bay, the pageant showcases certainly one of its most versatile and edible treasures, seaweed. Guests have an opportunity to observe a number of the island’s finest culinary skills at work incorporating Irish seaweed and sea greens of their dishes, and – most significantly – get to style the outcomes.

Tickets at the moment are on sale for the pageant’s sequence of extremely anticipated pop-up dinner occasions which happen each night throughout the weekend. On Friday night the pageant begins with a scenic journey to the smallest of the Aran Islands, Inis Oírr, for a seafood buffet in Tigh Ned’s pub ready by the Ó Conghaile household, the island’s native lobster and crab fishermen.

Then on Saturday night at 7pm chef Danni Barry cooks in The Storehouse in Lisdoonvarna, showcasing a choice of native Burren produce from land and sea in her three course menu. Her ultimate showcase earlier than heading a model new area at Balloo Home in Co. Down, tickets are priced at simply €50 per particular person.

The ultimate dinner of the weekend on Sunday afternoon is with Euro-Toques Commissioner Common Gareth Mullins & associates, cooking a Late Lunch in The Storehouse with tickets priced at €35 per grownup and €20 per youngster. Tickets can be found for all occasions by visiting the pageant web site and

Burren Sluggish Meals Competition 2019 options Takashi Miyazaki from Michelin-starred Ichigo Ichie in Cork, Oonagh Dwyer from Wild Kitchen and chef Brian Donnelly from Belfast’s Bia Insurgent, who’s in west Clare all weekend creating and serving a model new Burren ramen, instantly impressed and utilizing one of the best native components.

A few of Eire’s best meals and drinks producers are in attendance over the weekend, internet hosting tastings and demonstrations of seaweed-based or impressed produce resembling Bláth na Mara Seaweed Pesto, An Dúlamán Irish Maritime Gin and Wild Irish Sea Veg from the native Talty Household in Co. Clare.

With fascinating talks exploring all features of seaweed, together with utilizing it in artistic culinary methods, different audio system embody Jack Crotty from Neighbourhood Meals, Darren O’Connor from Magic Mayan Chocolate and Evan Talty who hosts a seaweed foraging stroll on the morning of Saturday 11th Might.

“The Burren Sluggish Meals Competition provides us a platform to advertise one of the best of the Burren’s produce, now recognised as a number of the best in Eire and internationally,” says Birgitta Hedin-Curtin, founder member of Sluggish Meals Clare and Chairperson of the Burren Sluggish Meals Competition. “This 12 months our theme is Irish seaweed and we’re encouraging company to ‘Style the Atlantic’ by showcasing a number of the one of the best seaweed producers and welcoming a number of the largest and most progressive names in Irish cooking who’re doing actually attention-grabbing issues with this versatile product.”

The Burren Sluggish Meals Competition 2019 will probably be formally opened by John and Sally McKenna on Saturday Might 11th at noon within the Pavilion Theatre in Lisdoonvarna.

For extra info on the Burren Sluggish Meals Competition 2019 and a full schedule of the weekend go to or Fb (slowfoodclare).

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