Tipperary village counts down to its Gathering

It’s all systems go for the Aglish Stepping Stones Féile Gathering this August 3 and 4, with the final touches now being put to the festival planning.

It’s all systems go for the Aglish Stepping Stones Féile Gathering this August 3 and 4, with the final touches now being put to the festival planning.

The North Tipperary village has put together a packed programme of events culminating on the Sunday night with an open air music fest headlined by the Kilkennys and supported by rock band Origin and an 80s disco.

On Saturday morning, in contrast, it all kicks off on a more reflective note with a dawn ecumenical service in Aglish graveyard at seven o’clock.

By the time the sun sets on Sunday, visitors and locals will be treated to a variety of walks, an open air market, kids crafts workshops, a family fun day, Chinese Lantern ceremony and the official opening of Aglish Village Hall.

The hall has been refurbished and is ready to serve as a vibrant hub for local community activity. PRO Marguerite Madden-Murphy says the festival and the hall refurbishment has been the result of great community spirit,

“We’re a small community but there’s been a huge effort to get these projects going. We’re ready to put our best foot forward and offer a great welcome and entertainment to people from across the county, region and further afield over the August bank holiday weekend,” she said.

The local community is now doing a clean-up each Monday night for the next few weeks and the village environment is set to provide the perfect backdrop to the events of the Féile.

The community has been supported and funded by North Tipperary LEADER Partnership for a range of projects including the Féile and the hall refurbishment.

NTLP’s CEO, Michael Murray, paid tribute to the efforts of the local voluntary committee,

“The Aglish community has established itself as a model of what can be achieved when LEADER funding and local effort are harnessed. We have been very impressed with the way the community has responded and used the funding that was available,” he said.

Already, the festival has attracted bookings from tourists and diaspora from Britain and across the continent and looks set to be a very successful Gathering event.

Marguerite and her committee are especially delighted about those coming home from abroad, including continental Europe and the USA.

The small village is set to hop to the sound of the Kilkennys on Sunday, August 4. One of Ireland’s finest groups of young balladeers, they are renowned for their incredible musicianship and vocal abilities which add their own touch of youth and energy to traditional Irish music.

They have recently toured in Las Vegas, Germany, Holland and the Czech Republic and they are set for Denmark later in the month but for the August bank holiday, it’s Aglish for the boys from the Marble City.

Full details of times and events for the Stepping Stones Féile Gathering in Aglish are available on the Aglish Stepping Stones Facebook page, by emailing aglishcloghane@irelandxo.com or by phoning 087-6005417.