39th Creggs Harvest kicks off this



The 39th annual Creggs Harvest Festival will take place in the border village this Bank Holiday weekend – with plenty of great events to look forward to!

  This year’s event gets underway on Friday evening with a quiz for local schoolchildren at 6.30 pm in Creggs NS. The quiz is always a fun event and a great way to bring young people together to kick-start the festival.

  The annual Personality of the Year will be announced in the CS Parnell Heritage Centre at 8.30 pm and this will be followed by the launch of ‘On the Banks of Lough Ouver’, a book of poetry by local poet Vinny Keaveney.

The launch will be performed by Michael Kitt, former TD and Leas Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann.

  The volume of poetry will be on sale locally priced at €10, with all proceeds going to Galway Hospice.

  Friday night’s poetry launch will be followed by a traditional music session by the fireside in Creggs Heritage Centre.

  This will feature a number of musicians including Andrew Newland, Rosisin Lardner, Joe Kearns, Paudie Mulhare, Peter Nester, Malachy Donnelly, Michael Coleman, Alan Leyland and Paddy Lohan. It promises to be a great night of music, song and story-telling. Admission is free and BYOB. All welcome.

  On Saturday, Professor Gerry Beggan’s recent talk in Creggs where he explored possible links between Norman raids on Abbeygrey and the Middle Welsh legends of the Mabinogi has increased interest in the ancient monastic site and on Saturday morning, Galway Community Archaeologist Christy Cunniffe will lead a historical walk from Creggs Village to Abbeygrey, discussing various points of interest along the way. Sturdy outdoor footwear is advised for this walk.

  Sunday is Family Fun Day with plenty of Halloween fun and games for the entire family to enjoy!

  Monday is Fair Day in Creggs, with horses and donkeys on the street. There will be prizes for children for the best turned out horses and donkeys and locals with horses and donkeys are asked to come and take part in the traditional Fair Day atmosphere. Judging for the prizes will take place at 2 pm.

  Also at 2 pm, Creggs GAA presents a Spectacular Sheep Sweepstake Race at the Creggs GAA Pitch, which promises to be a fun-filled event.

  The referendum count for Crexit will take place at 4.45 pm on Monday with referendum results eagerly awaited. Either the Remain or Leave side will be celebrating as music gets underway in O’Roarke’s at 5 pm with The Full Shilling.

  The opening of Dolan’s Pub at the top of the village is a very welcome addition to life in Creggs and no doubt the newly-opened pub will be a hive of activity throughout the weekend.

  Members of the organising committee this week paid tribute to the many local people whose work makes the annual festival possible and also extended thanks to Galway County Council, who also support the event.

  So get yourself along to Creggs Harvest Festival this weekend for what promises to be an eventful and fun-filled weekend for all the family!