It’s entertainment all the way this coming weekend (May 4 – 6) in north county Longford.
Now in its third year, the Ballinalee All Star Carnival will once again play host to some of the country’s most exciting names in music.
This year these include Tommy Fleming, Jimmy Buckley, Jane McNamee and Big Generator.
The carnival swings into action on Friday May 4 when singing sensation Tommy Fleming appears at the village’s Holy Trinity Church. Supported by the legendary Jane McNamee, Tommy and his band will set the night alight from 8pm onward.
A Tommy Fleming concert is a musical experience not to be missed, with each song more haunting and appealing than the next.
A musician with universal appeal, Tommy attracts a wide variety of audiences to his performances. Tickets are available in local shops and they will also be available at the door.
The Holy Trinity Church is not the only location for Friday night’s entertainment line-up. At 11pm, iRadio’s Lisa Brady takes to the stage in the purpose-built marquee. She will lead a night of dance and laughter in the ‘Pre-Exams Disco’. All ages are welcome to attend.
The marquee will also play host to one of Ireland’s most popular singers on Saturday May 5. Jimmy Buckley and his band take centre-stage at 12pm and play until 2am. Among the line-up of fantastic hits will be his new single ‘Say Me Marie’
On Sunday May 6 the Marquee becomes home to iRadio once again, when DJ Louise Clarke leads the way from 10pm to midnight. This is followed by the legendary band, Big Generator, who proved to be a fantastic success at the 2011 carnival.
This line-up of incredible musical talent will be accompanied by a full-bar extension on all three nights.
Outside the marquee there are many activities taking place for adults and children alike. From tractor-pulling and the McFadden’s Funfair, to the Scoil Samhthann sponsored walk and the Bronco Bull, there is something for every member of the family.
And if its family entertainment you’re after, come along on Sunday May 6 when the whole day is dedicated to family-oriented events.
“We would like to say thank you to everyone who supports us each year, and in particular our parish priest Fr Brian Brennan, for the use of the church this year,” said Seamus Kiernan, a member of the Ballinalee All Star Carnival committee. Other members of the committee are Frank Reynolds, Neil Rawle, Eugene Murtagh, Colm Dalton and Genevieve McNamee.
He added: “The carnival is particularly important for our GAA club, Sean Connolly’s, under the chairmanship of Frank Reynolds and hard-working committee.
“All proceeds from the event are going to our grounds’ present and future maintenance at Maguire Park.”
Each year the Ballinalee All Star Carnival receives strong support from volunteers. Last year over 100 people volunteered to act as stewards throughout the weekend, leading to a highly organised and well-praised event.
Such is the rising popularity of the carnival that music lovers travel from all over Ireland to the village of Ballinalee – just to experience their favourite musicians in an intimate country setting.
In the lead-up to this special weekend, on Wednesday May 2, Shannonside FM will broadcast from outside the village of Ballinalee between 9am and 5pm.
For further information, visit the ‘Ballinalee Carnival’ on Facebook. For queries with regard to the event or tickets, please contact Seamus Kiernan on 086-8046004.