Killea festival from 2017
An Irish village will revive its traditional lifestyle of 80 years ago when it takes a step back in time for its 11th annual fun day in the old-fashioned way on Sunday, June 24th.
Once again, It will be officially opened by Thomas Mac Donagh Pipe Band, Templemore, at 1.30pm.
Sean-Nos Dancing will feature in the popular Field Day to be held in conjunction with the hugely popular Margaret O’ Sullivan Feile. This old style dance, very popular in the Gaeltachtai, has seen Tipp folks, Katie Bourke, Sean Bourke and Tadhg Quinlan very much to the fore in the GAA’s Scor na bPaisti competition.
Jim Hamill, Field Day Secretary, says ”The dance requires intricate body movement, using head, hips and hands as well as feet”.
A competition will be held to find the fastest sheep in County Tipperary also .
Children will be admitted free of charge on what should be a colourful day in Killea Sportsfield. A nice gesture, indeed, from the organising committee, who are hoping for yet another sunny day for their eagerly awaited annual event , going from strength to strength in the shade of the famous Bearnan Eile or Devil’s Bit. Face painting, bouncy castles and music will all be free of charge as will entry to the five-aside mini-soccer tournament.
A local celebrity will be there to judge the “Elegant Lady” Competition. Killea will stage a mammoth 30 plus events to stir nostalgia among older Tipperary people and to raise cash for local folks, including Killea National School, Killea GAA and the Tidy Villages and graveyard.
Events will include set-dancing, figure-dancing, horseshoe-throwing, pillow fights, skittles, penalty taking, pony rides, stock-judging, sheaf pitching, tug of war competition, a dog show, darts and a tractor run.
Local GAA personalities, including Tipp Senior Hurling panellist, Tomas Hamill, son of Jim, will be present and perhaps others from outside the village who will be involved in a hurling skills event .
There will be a five a side mini-Soccer Tournament for children from local schools in the under-10 and under-13 years age group. Maybe Martin O’Neill might pop in in search of talent for the Republic of Ireland squad! And find a future star like Shane Long.
There will be a canteen in operation for the day with locally baked confectionary and also homemade colcannon and sides of bacon at the barbecue and a shop. A local ladies committee are in charge here, and they will have homemade food for folks, including pancakes, which are always very popular in Killea . There will be a barbecue on the site.
Participants in the County Tipperary Fleadh Cheoil in Templemore are expected to feature among the many musicians who will entertain the attendance.
All the fun of the day will get underway with a tractor run at 11 am which will return to Killea Sportsfield.
There will be a set-dancing display from the top senior and junior dancers of Killea and district and a host of traditional musicians, singers and dancers from various parts of the county, many of whom have won awards, will entertain from 1 pm to 6 pm.
Local musicians will also grace the occasion and should prove most entertaining.
There is a talented 200 member music class in Killea. Matt The Thresher himself would surely have approved of it all, as would Charles J Kickham, author of “Sliabh na mBan”, our Tipperary ‘anthem’.
The officers of the organising committee are Chairman, Michael Duff; Secretary, Jim Hamill; Treasurer, John Fogarty.