The Marquee in Drumlish 2011

From Friday August 19 to Sunday August 21 next the villages of Drumlish and Ballinamuck will be transformed into a haven of musical festivity and family fun as this year’s Marquee in Drumlish festival gets underway.

From Friday August 19 to Sunday August 21 next the villages of Drumlish and Ballinamuck will be transformed into a haven of musical festivity and family fun as this year’s Marquee in Drumlish festival gets underway.

“We have a superb line up of acts this year,” said Emer Kelleher of the organising committee. “From Big Tom and the Mainliners, to Ryan Sheridan, to the Saw Doctors. It promises to be a great year and we are expecting record crowds.”

Last year the Marquee in Drumlish was packed to capacity throughout the festival with one of the key highlights being the duet between Declan Nerney and his niece, Una Healy of the Saturdays. This year promises to be equally entertaining with headline acts certain to attract high numbers.

“On the Friday night we have the Wee Amigos followed by Declan Nerney and then Big Tom and the Mainliners. It’s not often you get a good country music night like that around here, so we’re expecting large numbers,” said Ms Kelleher. “On the Saturday night we have the Aftermath followed by Ryan Sheridan who is fresh from the main stage at Oxegen. He will be followed by DJ Fergal D’arcy from i102.”

On the Sunday night the festival will hit yet another lively note when the Saw Doctors take to the stage. They will be followed by Mike Mulvihill of Shannonside Power FM.

While tickets for the Friday and Saturday nights are cash sales, tickets for the Saw Doctors will be available from the Music Centre, Longford from July 29 next and are priced at €20 per ticket.

The Marquee in Drumlish is not all about music and this is where the village of Ballinamuck takes centre stage on both the Saturday and the Sunday.

“On Saturday we are hosting a traditional fair and a family fun day in Ballinamuck. We’ll have traditional things to do, like making boxty, vintage machinery and also lots for the children like face painting and little games,” said Ms Kelleher. “Then on Sunday there will be a Monster Bingo at the 98 Hall in Ballinamuck. The top prize at this bingo session is €3,500 and it starts at 3pm.”

It has been confirmed by the organising committee that children will be able to take part in the family fun day free of charge. Furthermore, there will also be a festival morning of golf in the Longford Golf Club on Saturday morning August 20 next.

The Marquee in Drumlish Festival is run by the Fr. Manning Gaels Football Club, in association with St. Vincent’s and St. Helen’s.

“Other local community organisations become involved with the festival each year such as the Tidy Towns,” said Ms Kelleher. “We (the organising committee) then make a donation to each of the organisations involved (from the funds raised).”

Looking forward to the 2011 Marquee in Drumlish Festival Ms Kelleher told the Leader, “Last year the festival exceeded expectations in every way possible. Everyone commented on how well organised it was and that was thanks to the volunteers who helped us over the weekend. Once again this year we are looking for volunteers.”

If interested in volunteering at the Marquee in Drumlish Festival then please contact Martin Mulleady (087-6297212) or Emer Kelleher (086-8809938). For further information about the festival visit www.themarqueeindrumlish.ie.