Dear Old Elphin Festival – this weekend

The ‘Dear Old Elphin’ Festival 2015 will take place this Bank Holiday weekend and all events are free for patrons in what is the third instalment of this very popular festival.

This year the festival will start on Friday 31st July with a Crossroads Dance near the Cathedral Green.

Patrons will be transported back to the days of the 1940s when Elphin and surrounding area was a mecca for Dance Halls, Carnivals and crossroads dancing.

As well as ceili dancing there will have waltzing and foxtrots. On Saturday 1st August the Main Street will be closed to traffic.

Stalls selling the best of local produce will be set up and we will be showcasing the traditional crafts of bygone days such as shoemaking, spinning, weaving, wood cutting, threshing, thatching, haymaking, tinsmith and blacksmith (if the weather is poor, many of these demonstrations will take place indoors).

The late Pat Kenny is fondly remembered by everyone who knew him and this year the Pat Kenny Poetry Competition will take place at the ‘Dear Old Elphin’ Festival on Sunday 2nd August in The Tower Bar, Elphin.

Other events over the weekend will include a Junior ‘Junk Kouture’ fashion parade for budding young designers and an art competition.

The theme for the adult art competition 2015 will be ‘a painting/drawing of a gathering’.

The festival will finish with an exciting car treasure hunt on Sunday with all proceeds from entries going to the prizes.

Check out our Facebook page on and mark your diaries for 31st July to 3rd August and join us in Elphin, where there will be a warm welcome for all.