Best attendance in years enjoys festival

Abi, Ollie, Tommy , John, Andy and Matt Duffy enjoying the 40th Dring Open Air Festival. Photo By Shelley Corcoran
The 40th annual Dring Open Air Festival took place on Sunday June 1, with large crowds attending.

The 40th annual Dring Open Air Festival took place on Sunday June 1, with large crowds attending.

The festival was originally the brainchild of the Colmcille Branch of St Christopher’s, beginning simply with a tractor and trailer providing the stage for entertainment.

Forty years on and the festival has grown to become one of the biggest in the county. A special Mass was held on the day by the lake shore for present and deceased members of the committee. It was attended by Bishop Emeritus Colm O’Reilly and led by Fr Seamus McKeon.

“It really was a brilliant day,” states committee member Belinda Hawkins. “It was a serious crowd, the best we have had in years.”

Supported by the Frank Kilbride TV show, the festival had loads of attractions on offer such as face painting, ferrett racing, fishing competitions, a baby show, duck fishing and a bric a brac sale.

They had a large variety of entertainment from The Mulligan Sisters, Noel Cassidy and Philomena Begley among many others with music continuing for over three hours.

Belinda finished by saying, “We got great feedback, everyone enjoyed themselves and the music was a great success.”