After five fabulous days of entertainment in our lead up events it’s finally the Big Weekend and we welcome you to a jam packed programme with entertainment and activities for all the family, annual favourites such as an amazing fireworks display in the bay, treasure hunt, duck race, dog show, farmers market & car boot sale, teddy bears picnic, musical delights from bygone days, sandcastle and fancy dress competitions, guided walks, live music, street entertainment, art and pottery demonstrations all form part of the programme again this year. Or how about the GAA Olympics ? Surveying the Graveyards of St Pauls & the Round Tower with Archeologists ? Penalty Shootouts ? Wrestling ? And that’s not all ! Ardmore National School will be a hive of activity on Saturday 23rd as busy little people get crafty and creative in a myriad of art, music and eductional workshops. They will also get the opportunity to meet with one of Ireland’s favourite childrens bookwriters, Marita Conlon McKenna, author of ‘Under the Hawthorn Tree’, bring your book to sign or purchase them at the school from Readers Choice, Dungarvan. On Sunday 24th the school will be transformed in to a haven of calm and tranquility for adults who are invited to experience pranic healing, acupuncture, reflexology, reiki, shamanic healing and meditation at ‘Mind, Body & Life Your Spirit’. There will also be free blood pressure & blood sugar checks and taster classes in zumba, circuit training and meditation. Nicola Hynds, Ambassador for ‘See Change’ will present a discussion on Mental Health Awareness in a light hearted but profound manner. In addition to the daytime activities and entertainment, the local bars (An Tobar, Keevers Bar, The Wine Bar & the Round Tower Hotel) will provide nightly musical entertainment throughout the festival weekend.
In the beautiful surrounds of St Paul’s Church we host ‘An Audience with…’ Marita Conlon McKenna (author of ‘Rebel Sisters’, the number one best selling Irish novel about the 1916 Rising), Tomi Reichental, Holocaust Survivor, RTE International Person of the Year 2014, author and producer of the award winning documentary ‘Close to Evil’, Ronnie Delany (Olympian Gold Medalist and author of ‘Staying the Distance’), Lorna Byrne (Peace Ambassador & international bestselling author of ‘Angels in my Hair’), Dr Eddie Murphy (Clinical Psychologist on RTE’s Operation Transformation, author & life coach), and Mary Kennedy (RTE Personality & Author of 5 books including ‘Lines I Love’ which was shortlisted in the Irish Book Awards 2008), bring your own book for signing or purchase it in St Paul’s from Readers Choice, Dungarvan.
Amongst the new and unique activities planned for 2016 and to commemorate our tenth anniversary are sand artist, Séan Corcoran of the Art Hand who will create a massive sand art drawing using a rake on Ardmore Beach, also joining us is John Hayes of Special Branch Carvings who has been commissioned to create a handcrafted wooden sculpture for Ardmore, John uses a range of chainsaws to complete his work and it really is quiet intrigueing to watch him create magnificent pieces, come along and see what unique piece he will create for Ardmore. We will also be holding a raffle during the festival weekend, lines will be on sale at the Festival Office in St Declan’s Hall with some great prizes on offer.
See you in Ardmore, come on, you know you don’t want to miss it !