Creggs Harvest Festival takes place this weekend and promises fun for all the family. There are lots of outdoor activities this year, including a Mini Rugby Blitz on Saturday and a 10k and 5k run and walk on Monday. There are also lots of events celebrating local heritage including a book launch, historical walk and a night of traditional music on Friday night.
The community will come together on Saturday night for a tea party from 8.30 pm to 10.30 pm and there will also be great fun in the village on Sunday at the annual craft fair and dog show.
The festival gets underway on Friday with a Schools Quiz in Creggs NS at 6 pm. There are prizes for the first three teams and quiz master for the evening is Seamus Ward.
This is the 175th anniversary of the Famine of 1847 and a number of historical events over the course of the Harvest Festival will look at this event and how the local area was affected.
William Gacquin will give a talk in the Historical Centre at 9 pm on the subject of the famine. Afterwards, at 10 pm, there will be a night of traditional music and a ceili in the centre. Children from Creggs NS got involved with the Famine project and their work will be on display in the historical centre all weekend.
The village will be busy on Saturday morning as Creggs RFC has organised a Mini Rugby Blitz. This Saturday morning will see a range of pitches in use as the blitz takes place. A major development is currently underway at the club, with new dressing rooms and gym in progress and due for completion next year.
Later on Saturday, a local history book will be launched in the Historical Centre. Local TD Michael Fitzmaurice will perform the launch of ‘The Burkes and the Pollocks’, a book by local historian Martin Duffy from Milford. Copies of the book will be on sale on the night and afterwards will be available in Roarke’s shop in Creggs and Dowds in Glinsk.
The community will gather in the Community Hall in Creggs NS on Saturday night for a Parish Halloween Tea Party Creggs Style, which promises to be great fun and an opportunity to catch up with friends and neighbours. People are being asked to host a table for the event and a number of tables have been organised, but more are welcome. If you can host a table, please contact any committee member and let them know. All are welcome on the night.
Sunday gets underway with a bake sale in aid of Creggs Tidy Towns in the Community Hall in Creggs NS. Once again, your assistance is welcome and if you can get baking in advance of Sunday’s sale, members of the local Tidy Towns group would be delighted with your efforts. The bake sale takes place at 12 noon and will be a great place to pick up some bank holiday treats.
A craft fair takes place in the school hall on Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. Crafters from all over the region will be in Creggs for the day, so please go along and support their efforts. It’s a great opportunity to pick up gifts for friends and family, so make sure to support our local crafters.
Now is the time to get pampering your pooch as the annual Creggs Dog Show also takes place on Sunday, with registration from 12 noon and judging from 1 pm. The show is always a great family occasion and brings dog lovers from all around the Connacht region and beyond to Creggs for the day. There are a variety of classes to choose from and there will also be a dog agility display on the day.
Children from the locality will enjoy a Children’s Halloween Tea Party at 1 pm on Sunday, so be sure to bring your little ones along to that, which will be a nice way for local children to meet up at the beginning of the mid-term break.
At 1.30, the historical theme of exploring the famine in the local area will continue with a historical walk from Coalpits to Friaryland, led by Christy Cunniffe. The Clonfert man is no stranger to Creggs, having compiled the heritage audit of the area and is very familiar with the history and heritage of the local area. Walkers will gather outside the historical centre at 1.30 pm. The walk will take approximately two hours.
A new addition to this year’s Harvest Festival is a timed 10k and 5k run and walk, which is being run in conjunction with Suck Valley AC, the local athletic club. All are welcome to take part in this run and walk. The 5k route will go out from the village along the Glinsk Road to St. Mary’s Church and back again to the village. The 10k route will also go out the Glinsk Road to Crosswell, where participants will turn left at Keany’s shop and go up to Milford Cross before running or walking back to the village.
Monday is Fair Day in Creggs, always a great opportunity to meet and greet neighbours and friends. The traditional Fair Day will no doubt see lots of transactions and banter along the village street.
The Bard of Connacht will be revealed at an event in Creggs NS on Monday evening. The poetry competition has proved a great hit with poets all across Ireland and beyond. The ten finalists will have their poems read and the four winners will then be revealed. With prize money of €1,000 on offer, the competition attracted a high level of entries and a high calibre of poems.
The event will bring to a close the annual Harvest Festival and what will hopefully be a fun-filled weekend for all involved.