FURTHER to the recent announcement that a new music festival was being organised for the town, Cllr Hughie McGrath told Nenagh Town Council that he hoped that the Bop While You Shop music festival would “help shopkeepers in the town”.
“The idea came from my own background in music and I am hoping to create a kind of festival that would bring people into the town and make it an enjoyable day,” Cllr McGrath said.
Cllr McGrath also proposed the introduction of free car parking on the day and the closure of Pearse Street for the duration of the festivities.
Cllr McGrath announced that the committee behind the highly-successful St Patrick’s Day festival was committed to working on the project, that they intended to erect a stage on Pearse Street and that the TippFM outside broadcast unit would also be in situ.
Cllr Virginia O’Dowd described the festival as a “great opportunity for us to showcase what we have to offer in Nenagh”, while Fine Gael’s Tom Moylan said it was a “very worthwhile and a very good initiative”.
Cllr Moylan added that he believed that “the Chamber of Commerce and the ratepayers in the town would step up to the mark”.
Cllr Conor Delaney also welcomed the festival.
“Two years ago I challenged the councillors to bring forward initiatives that would work to get people into the town and I will certainly be supporting Cllr McGrath’s initiative,” Cllr Delaney said.
“I would ask the Chamber of Commerce to grab this opportunity with both hands. If places like Terryglass can have a festival, then surely a large town like Nenagh should also have a festival of its own,” he said.