What’s on this weekend?

Attending the Harvest Festival LaunchJames Bannon T.D.Clr Colm Murray, Clr.Mark Casey,Paddy Finnegan (Chairperson)Clr.Sean Farrell Clr.Mick Cahill,(photo Declan Gilmore)
As we move on into September, a return to school and work means that the weekends become a treasured time for everyone.

As we move on into September, a return to school and work means that the weekends become a treasured time for everyone.

To help you make the most of it, we have compiled a list of events taking place this weekend. From family fun days and the canoe polo final to barn dances and plays; there is something for everyone!

Friday, August 30:

Rawle’s, Ballinalee will host their second annual Motor Neurone Fundraiser. The Monster Barn dance will feature music by a host of musicians including Seamus Farrell, Ray Lynam and Denis Hughes. Doors open at 9pm, and tickets cost €5 or admission optional on the night. Fancy dress is optional but there is a €200 prize for best fancy dress.

Friday, August 30:

Gerry and Sinead Kiernan will officially reopen their bar in Ballymahon. Music on the night by Twilight Vision along with many other acts. Finger food will also be served.

Friday, August 30 and Saturday, August 31:

Castlemanor Players present The Loves of Cass McGuire written by Brian Friel and directed by Fr Patsy Young in the Corn Mill Theatre, Carrigallen. Doors open at 8pm and show starts at 8.30pm. Booking: (049) 4339612 or (086) 8765377 between 10am and 4pm or email bookings@cornmilltheatre.com.

Saturday, August 31:

The Lough Ree RNLI Lifeboat station is celebrating its first year in service by holding an Open Day. The public can visit from 12 noon to 4pm to see how the station operates. The crew will be on hand for meet and greets and will also put on a display to show how the lifeboat is launched, some of the exercises they do, and how it is then recovered.

Saturday, August 31:

Dan Foley’s bar will welcome customers to celebrate their fourth year in business.

Saturday, August 31:

Rathowen will celebrate the Gathering with a number of events taking place throughout the day. The Rathowen Gathering is a free event taking place from 2pm until late. For more information, visit the facebook page on www.facebook.com/TheRathowenGathering2013; the website on www.TheRathowenGathering2013.com or on twitter @Rathowen Gather.

Saturday, August 31:

Firefighters from Castlepollard Fire and Rescue Service will be on the Square in Castlepollard washing everything from cars, trucks, bikes and skateboards to wheelbarrows in aid of North Westmeath Hospice and Coole Active Age Group. Firefighters and friends will be on the Square from approximately 10am to 4pm and collectors will be at all the major junctions around the town.

Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1:

The Irish canoe polo final will be held on Clondra harbour. Canoe polo is a physically tough game, but it is also a great spectator sport which gathers great crowds from across the country.

Sunday, September 1:

Tug-o-war enthusiasts from all four provinces will descend on Ballinagh for the All-Ireland tug-o-war finals which will take place in the community sports field with the opening contest down for decision at 1pm.

Sunday, September 1:

Streete 5km Run/walk will take place at 2pm. The walk starts outside the gates to Kildevan House. For further details and information, call 087 9287129 or email brian.nerney@gmail.com.

Sunday, September 1:

The Abbeyshrule classic motorcycle run will take place, commencing in Abbeyshrule village at 12 noon. All 50’s, 70’s, 90’s classic bikes and vintage bikes are welcome. The run will be approximately 70 miles. Refreshments will be served to all bikers on the day. Entry per bike is €20 and all proceeds will go towards the Carrickedmond/Abbeyshrule Defibrillator group.

Sunday, September 1:

The Rainbow Tractor Club Billis are holding a vintage tractor run, departing from Billis at 12.30pm, in aid of breast cancer.

Sunday, September 1:

A craft and gift fair will take place in the Farnham Arms Hotel, Main Street, Cavan Town from 11am to 6pm. This event will showcase a wide variety of handcrafted goods, food items and giftware being offered by exhibitors both from the local area and across Ireland. For further information, visit the website at www.downland-crafts.com, or call 087 1896229

Sunday, September 1:

St Patrick’s Óg GAA Club in Ardagh will host its annual family fun day from 2pm to 5pm in Keenan Park, Ardagh. Activities will include sports for kids, penalty shoot-outs, stalls, pony rides, a dog show, barbeque and much more. The emphasis, as always, is on an inexpensive, traditional fun day out.

Sunday, September 1:

Mohill and District AC will host an open 10k road race and 5k race/run/walk at 12noon. Registration costs €10 per athlete or €20 per family. Prizes for the first three women and first three men across the finishing line.

Sunday, September 1:

Longford Harvest Festival and Working Field Day will take place in Newtowncashel village, Longford from 12 noon with events including threshing, corn grinding, a dog show, craft displays, trade stands, auto jumble, live music, children’s entertainment and much, much more. It will be followed by a barn dance in Doyle’s, Kenagh at 10pm.

Sunday, September 1:

Mullahoran Hall in Killadoon is the place to be this Sunday with Cavan Autism Parents Support Group (CAPS) the hosts. The 80km cycle starts at 10am with registration from 9am while its 20km equivalent is set for 12pm (registration from 11am). Entry costs €20. For more details, contact Vincent Dolan 087 7767329.

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