The people and the sun came out for the fifth People’s Picnic in Nenagh Castle Field. Thousands packed the area surrounding the historic landmark for an afternoon of music, fun and stalls after initial fears that a heavy downpour just after lunchtime might put a dampner on the day.
With chocolate a fountain stall and burgers on sale, there was more than plenty to whet the appetite as queues formed to climb the stairs to the top of the castle. Castle guide Kevin Whelan told the Tipperary Star that it had been one of the busiest days since the castle reopened.
“It is the first time ever that we had queues of people waiting to come in. They were out the door and we had to let people up in groups to make visits more pleasurable,” he said. Even as the picnic ended for the day at 5pm, people were queueing to see the castle.
One of the most popular stalls at this year’s Nenagh Show at the start of August was the Agri-Aware Mobile Pet Farm, and, once again, it proved to be a huge attraction at the People’s Picnic with hundreds of children and adults getting up close and personal with rabbits, hens, goats and the farm’s docile donkey.
Committee chair Cllr Hughie McGrath was delighted with the way the day went. He thanked all those who helped out, including the local council, the volunteers, the committee and the sponsors for making it a success.
“The people came out to support it. There was something there for everyone,” he said, adding that among the highlights were the special appearances by Bansha Country Queen Louise Morrissey and jazz legend Paddy Cole.
At one stage, Louise had around 100 people up line-dancing in the marquee before she launched into a rousing rendition of Slievnamon.
Among those enjoying the day was Noreen Kennedy from Richmond, who said that it was the simple things such as the mini-train that were proving hugely popular, adding “and, of course, the weather helps”.