All roads lead to Borrisoleigh for the first weekend in October as the Borrisoleigh Gathering Festival takes place from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th October.
Locals have been busy painting premises around the town and some lovely murals have been painted to welcome the large crowd of visitors from near and far anticipated to attend.
To say that there is something for everyone is certainly true on this occasion!
The festival is being officially opened on Fri at 8pm in The Marian Hall. Following the official opening the cast of Borrisoleigh Drama Group will perform the one act play ‘Spreading the News’, which was staged in June to a full house over two nights. Entry to the Official Opening and play is free. This will be followed by live music in The Square.
Saturday’s events will exercise your legs and your brain! There is a 3 hour walk of the Devil’s Bit Mountain, a Sean Nós Dancing workshop and an historical walking tour of the town with members of the Historical Society sharing their vast knowledge. The Borris Bothy, which is a new community craft shop and tea rooms, will also be opening on the weekend. A craft fair will have a number of local craftspeople and artisans selling their produce. On Saturday night there will be a Variety Concert showcasing local and visiting talent which promises to be a wonderful nights entertainment.
Sunday 6th has a Family Fun Day in the Town Park with a host of activities. Ireland’s Strongest Man, Kevin Murray, will put on a display. There is tug ‘o war and sheaf tossing contests, plenty of sundry activities for kids to enjoy, a BBQ and a Vintage Tractor Drive. Throughout the afternoon a Busking Competition will see talented musicians competing for some great prizes on the streets of the town (to register to enter the busking competition go to borrisoleighfestival.com).
The Pink Ribbon Events sponsored by Centra in aid of the Irish Cancer Society will be a huge attraction. You can try your hand to score a goal past Tipperary Senior Goalkeeper, Brendan Cummins and meet other Tipperary hurlers such as Brendan Maher, Paddy Stapleton, Philip Maher, Pa Bourke, Padraig Maher, Seamus Callanan and Dinny Maher. Fancy a game of soccer with a twist? Then you’ve got to try ‘Bubble Soccer’! Phone Michael Kinane on 087-2310941 to book your game, entry fee €25 per team. If that’s not enough for you there’s also Sumo Wrestling and a marquee with food tasting and party games.
There will be live music in The Square from 5pm onwards, starting off with Social/Old Time Dancing with The Castle Trio. There will also be a celebration honouring the Juvenile Champions of 1963. Later on well known and popular bands Outa Diesel, The Baby Powers and Silver Dollar will entertain the crowds for the night.
There will be parking restrictions in the town over the course of the weekend.
For further details or to register for events if required visit www.borrisoleighfestival.com