On June 30th 300 delegates from 27 EU countries will come to Cashel, the town chosen to host a major European conference. The main theme is ‘The Role of Demographic Development in Rural Economy’. The aim is to develop measures to combat the continuing trends of business closures, job losses and outward migration of young job seekers from rural areas to cities. The event will foster debate and the development of action plans for the creation of viable trade links into the future. It will also focus on Education, Housing and Employment to create a sustainable urban environment.
There’s something for everyone during this four day festival. A major Artisan food fair will attract thousands to the town as 27 countries showcase the culinary delights of their regions alongside the quality home produced products from Tipperary and surrounding areas.
Thousands are expected to attend free open air concerts to hear the best of Irish music. Performers include Jack L, The High Kings, Kila and many many more. The Youth Delegates’ raft building and race will see all EU countries vying for dominance of the River Suir. All events are free and open to the public.
The opening ceremony takes place on Friday 1st July at 10.30am in Cashel Town Centre. Keynote speeches by Mr. Frans Ronnes, President of the Charter of European Rural Communities (Netherlands) and Ms. Lucinda Creighton (Minister of State for European Affairs)
Up to 6,000 people are expected to descend on Cashel during the Conference and approximately 1 million euro is expected to be generated in the local economy during the four day festival.
The Charter of European Rural Communities, Annual Meeting and Free Festival takes place in the European Village (Buckley’s Main Street Car Park) in Cashel from Friday 1st July to Sunday 3rd July.
The main events include:
Thurs 30th June,
Festival Club (Brian Boru Pub)
Fri 1st July;
Headline – the High Kings, plus support bands, Pub Music Trail followed by Festival Club (Halla na Feile)
Sat 2nd July:
Headline – Jack L & his band, plus support bands, Pub Music Trail followed by Festival Club (Halla na Feile)
Sun 3rd July:
Headline – Kila, plus support bands, Pub Music Trail followed by Festival Club (Halla na Feile)
Other Public Events:
French & Continental Market – Main Street Plaza (Fri to Sunday)
Community Organisations, Stilt Walkers, European and Tipperary Food Fair (European Village), Main St Car Park (Fri 1st July)
Food and Crafts Fair (European Village) Saturday 2nd July
Cashel Town Walls Day (European Village) Sunday 3rd July
European Commission & Europe Direct ‘Irish Successes Abroad Exhibition’ – Cashel Library 25th June to 4th July
Cashel Town Centre Arts Trail – throughout town centre 25th June to 4th July