Fair and Festival time in Athleague!



The 8th annual Athleague Fair & Festival returns this June Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday, June 1st to Monday, June 3rd).

  There are a whole host of events taking place throughout the weekend…


Saturday, June 1st

The Suck Valley Way Quilt Exhibition will open at 10 am on Saturday at the Suck Valley Way Visitor Centre and continue each day from 10 am to 5 pm.

  Later on Sunday evening there will be the 3rd annual Sheep Race will take place at 7.30 pm, in conjunction with Athleague Hurling Club with total prize money of €1,400 up for grabs!

  This promises to be a great night of fun and entertainment and will take place outside Bridge House with lots of prizes on the night and music in Hamrock’s by Steve Reilly.


Sunday, June 2nd

Sunday will kick off with a Fair and Festival Celebration Mass at 10 am in St. Patrick’s Church, Athleague.

  A 5K/10K Run/Walk will take place from 11 am with registration in Athleague Community Centre. All proceeds will go towards Athleague/Tremane underage football Féile teams.

  For more information, contact Kevin McGeeney on 087-9848702 or Darren Daly on 087-9744745.

  The Ballyleague Model Railway Exhibition will take place in Athleague Community Centre from 12 pm to 5 pm on Sunday while a local history exhibition will run from 1 pm to 6 pm in conjunction with the Athleague/Fuerty Heritage Group.

  At 2 pm on Sunday it’s Soap Box Derby time! Run in conjunction with Tremane Hurling Club, the second annual Soap Box Derby will take place outside Hamrock’s Bar at 2 pm. Check out the Athleague Fair and Festival Facebook page for rules and other information.

  First prize this year is €1,000 in cash while the runners-up will receive €500 (sponsored by Callington), third place will pocket €250 (sponsored by Class Grass) and the fourth prize of €100 (sponsored by Centrepoint Autos) will go to the Best Themed Car. For more information, contact Henry on 087-7531730 or Martin on 087-8125154.

  Sunday will come to a close with a Party in the Park from 6 pm. Visitors can enjoy a delicious lamb BBQ in a unique setting with food served from 6 pm to 8 pm.

  Dance the rest of the night away with the Odd Socks band while there will also be face painting and a bouncy castle for children.

  Admission is €10 for adults, €5 for children and €25 for families (2 adults and 2 kids). Children under 5 go free.


Monday, June 3rd


The Bank Holiday Monday sees the return of the Traditional Fair Day from 11 am to 4 pm. Soak up the old-world atmosphere with horses and livestock, Red Mills Dog Show, (Registration from 12.30, judging from 1.30pm); crafts fair, old photographic exhibition and many other attractions. There will also be a bouncy castle and water zorbing for younger visitors to enjoy.

  Mullens’ Family Funfair will also be in attendance throughout what promises to be another fun weekend for the whole family to enjoy this June Bank Holiday in Athleague!