The Moneygall American Festival will kick off in style on Friday, July 4th with a firework display at the GAA grounds to celebrate Independence Day and the unique links Moneygall enjoys with the United States.
The committee also have secured The Irish Garth Brooks Experience who will perform in the American Style “Big Red Barn” also located in St Flannan’s Park.
The Big Red Barn, with a fully licenced bar, will also have a Rodeo Bull for the entertainment of patrons for this opening event which is also supported by music act the RnB’s and promises to be a fantastic nights entertainment.
Donal Byrne of The Big Red Barn stated: “We are excited to be part of the Moneygall Festival and with our American style barn and numerous surprises over the weekend; we know we are going to celebrate in style, with a great party planned each night”.
The festival will continue on Saturday at 1pm in the GAA centre where the family fun day will take place commencing with art & crafts for the children. The GAA grounds will transform into an inflatable oasis as various bouncing castles, sumo suits and other novel activities will take over the hurling field.
The adults also enjoy an opportunity to get involved as the committee have organised Bubble Soccer and a Tug Of War competition.
The main attraction during Saturday will be the Donkey Derby where locals, including Canon Stephen Neil, will brave the bareback journey on a Donkey for the entertainment of spectators. The festivities will pause at 5.30pm to allow people travel to Semple Stadium,Thurles for the Tipperary game.
The Moneygall American Festival resumes and goes all Cowboy & Cowgirl at 8.30pm with a fancy dress Barn Dance on Saturday night with Olwyn Murray supporting our main act Bagatelle.
Bagatelle are an Irish rock band and are well known for their popular pop hits such as ‘Second Violin’, ‘Leeson Street Lady’ and ‘Summer in Dublin’, perhaps their best known and best loved song.
There will also be a cash prize for Best Dressed Cowboy & Cowgirl in the Big Red Barn.
Marian Ryan of the Festival Committee said: “The Fancy Dress theme to the Barn Dance will add to the atmosphere and with a cash prize we hope people get adventurous and push the boat out”.
Hill walkers and walking groups are invited to join in on Sunday, July 6th when the festival committee will host a 15km charity walk. The looped walk starts from Moneygall School at 11am and follows an interesting route through lanes, fields and forest tracks to The Black Hill and Kilduff Mountain (1,500 ft). The route is approximately 15km and requires a moderate level of fitness, but if you’ve never seen Lough Derg or The Wicklow Mountains from Grainne’s Bed now’s your chance!
Local guides will be at hand to answer your questions and refreshments will be available on return to the village. There is also the family friendly 5km route on the recently-opened Rock of Loyer Loop.
The festivities continue at 2pm with a street parade. All participants of the festival will assemble from 12pm in the GAA grounds and they will be led by 2014 Offaly Rose Eleanor Sutton through the village.
The parade will include cheerleading troop Strike Force, Harley Davison Group Gaelic Thunder, Nenagh Classic Car group, Nenagh Brass Band, Dancer, High Nellies and other Vintage Cars & Tractors. When the parade concludes street music and entertainment will commence in the village with a Free Open Air Concert in Elderberry Drive.
On Sunday night the festivities will go out with a bang as showband La Bamba will be in the Big Red Barn in the GAA Centre supported by the Party Rockers. The committee will also hold its festival draw in the Red Barn where hotel stays, vouchers and tickets to the Galway Races are up for grabs.
Festival Co-Ordinator Sean Nolan stated: “This is an exciting line-up for our festival, with all ages catered for. We hope people come and enjoy what we know will be a great few days”.
More details see: www.moneygall.ie.