THE Ardee Turfman Festival held over the August bank holiday weekend was another great success.
“We had great support from the people,” said Sarah Ni Lougran, one of the organisers.
“The street market was very successful and I think we made the right decision to run with it on the third year when the festival weekend was more established.
“Once again we had backing from Louth Leader and all the events went down well. The art exhibitions, historical tours, charity fun run, floral displays and the Ardee Active retirement group’s lace making.
“The Ardee 10k run was very successful and so too the art exhibions. Sculpture Susan Farrelly had so many people beating a path to her door she ran out of clay.”
On Sunday, from the Bank of Ireland to Ardee Castle, the market stalls drew plenty of curious visitors and also plenty of trade.
all day long people enjoyed brousing through the relaxed market while others watched the dancemania or relaxed to the music of the Ardee Concert Band who performed their proms in the Fair Green.
Throughout the weekend there there were bouncy castles in the Fairgreen supervised once again by the wonderful Ardee Order of Malta.
Ardee Youth Club also provided face painting in the Fairgreen on Saturday and Sunday.
The Tour de Bog - family fun cycle open to everyone took place again this year starting at the Fairgreen on Sunday.
And on Monday there was a new event for the fitter cyclist, the 50km cycle run by the Ardee Cycling group who were raising funds for the Irish Wheelchair Association.
There will be a balloon release to finish the festival at 6.30 pm on Monday at the Riverside Walk.
And later in Ardee Parish Centre people danced the night away.
The committee is very grateful to McCabe’s for allowing them to use their facilities in the centre of the town to promote the events.
Thanks also to the local gardai who as usual were great in helping with the organising of this community event.
This year the festival missed two of Ardee’s great stalwards Camillius Malone, who sadly passed away earlier this year.
Also, Vincent Farrelly for his brilliant archive film show.
Vincent’s films are a truly remarkable record of Ardee in the 20th century.
Hopefully this wonderful archive will be past on.
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