Barn Dance and play at Mahon Falls the centrepiece of Comeraghs Wild Festival September 15-18
Waterford, Comeraghs Wild Festival 2016
MAHON Falls and the stunning Comeragh Mountains will be the venue for an open air play and they double up as the majestic backdrop for an unmissable barn dance nearby as the countdown begins to the long-awaited 4th annual Comeraghs Wild Festival 2016.
The four-day festival begins on Thursday, September 15, and showcases and brings together a sprawling community which stretches from the Comeragh Mountains in the heart of Waterford, in towards Clonmel in Tipperary and along to the Copper Coast close to captivating Dungarvan.
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This year’s programme, which is supported by Waterford City and County Council, includes live music, history, open air theatre and storytelling and so much more. Chairperson of the Festival committee, Mary Flynn, said it promises to be a very special Festival and encouraged people to support the many events.
“We’ve focused all of the events this year in and around the mountains and have added new elements such as the ‘Coming Round the Mountain’ barn dance, beach art being made with the help of a marching band, sea kayaking and a concert with Voice of Ireland star, Moylan Brunnock and exciting young pianist, Daniel Kearney. These new events really broaden the Festival’s appeal. Each and every event is authentic and really showcases this extra special region, its unique history, culture and appeal.”
Comeraghs Wild 2016
The 2016 Festival opens with “Craic in the Comeraghs – Witty, Wise and Wonderful”. The intimate night of story, music and fun at Nell’s Farmhouse, Rathgormack, in the heart of the Comeragh Mountains with renowned Waterford historian and broadcaster, Julian Walton, takes place on Thursday, September 15. A limited number of tickets are still on sale at €10 each and pre-booking is essential on 086-7777515 with payment on the door. Music for the evening will be provided by Craobh Crotaigh of Comhaltas Ceolteóirí Éireann.
Friday night’s focal point will be ‘The Play on the Mountain’ at Mahon Falls. ‘Curse’ is a Bag-a-Cats Theatre Company presentation which is written and directed by Ger Bourke and performed by Joe Meagher. ‘Curse’ is set on a hill somewhere in modern day Ireland and tells the story of one man’s titanic struggle against a changing, commercial, landscape. The evening is supported by Comeragh Comhaltas, Coolnasmear. Tickets cost €15 and bookings can be made through Lismore Heritage Centre 058-54975 or Theatre Royal, Waterford 051-874402.
Festival activities begin early on Saturday with ‘Walk on the Wild Side’. Revellers are encouraged to join wildlife enthusiast and photographer Paddy Dwan for a free event as he explores the hedgerows and wildlife along the wonderful new Waterford Greenway and forages for autumn fruits. The meeting point is the Millennium Park, Kilmacthomas at 11.30am Saturday.
On both Saturday and Sunday mornings, there’s an opportunity to enjoy Sea-Kayaking in Bunmahon with SeaPaddling.com. The event offers patrons an opportunity to explore the fascinating rock formations of the Copper Coast and experience the thrill of sea kayaking in a stunning location with Copper Coast Geologist, Robbie Galvin, and experience local sea kayaking with instructor, Mick O’Meara. On both days, starting point will be Kilfarrassy Beach at 10 a.m. but pre-booking is essential. For bookings and further information please contact Seapaddling.com by phone on 087 2686529 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. A very special Festival price of €25 applies for the 17th and 18th.
Saturday night’s programme includes the inaugural ‘Coming Round the Mountain’ Barn Dance at the landmark live music and dance venue, Crotty’s Inn, Lemybrien. It features live music from Trevor Smith and his eight-piece band, ‘Friends in Low Places – The No 1 Garth Brooks Experience, followed by DJ John O’Shea from WLR FM until late on Saturday, September 17. Tickets cost €15 each and are available now from Lismore Heritage Centre, the Theatre Royal and Dungarvan Tourist Office. The organisers are describing this as “The Barn Dance of Barns Dances”.
The Art Hand, under the stewardship of Sean and Miranda Corcoran and based in Bunmahon, is one of the most imaginative arts ventures in the country and, at 12 noon on Sunday, it teams up with City Of Waterford Brass to bring you a performance with a difference at Stradbally Cove for the Comeraghs Wild Festival. The new event to the Festival programme is free and is an experimental collaboration that will involve Beach Art being made by a marching band! Great music, imaginative art and a unique natural environment working in sweet harmony on the Copper Coast. Not to be missed.
The 2016 Comeraghs Wild Festival draws to a fitting close on a very high note with a concert featuring Moylan Brunnock, well-known from the Voice of Ireland competition, and Daniel Kearney, classical pianist, at the Copper Coast Geopark Centre in Bunmahon at 7pm. Pre-booking is essential on 086-7777515 with payment on the door.
For more, log on to www.ComeraghsWild.com or contact 086 7777515