Ballymahon gears up for long awaited Heritage Day

Kevin Claffey, Diane Whyte, Paddy Difley, Robert Lovell, Peter Denehy, Garry Molloy, Catriona Claffey, Breege MurrayPhoto by Shelley Corcoran
Heritage Week kicked off at several venues across the county last Saturday, but it’s what’s lined up in Ballymahon this weekend that has already generated significant interest.

Heritage Week kicked off at several venues across the county last Saturday, but it’s what’s lined up in Ballymahon this weekend that has already generated significant interest.

In what will be it’s third annual celebration of past traditions and favoured customs, the south Longford town is to host it’s own eagerly awaited Heritage Day.

Starting from as early as 10:30am this Saturday, no less than six hours of action-packed fun and festivities are planned in what is being banded as an occasion for all agegroups to come and enjoy.

“That’s what we have tried to do,” said an evidently excited Paddy Diffley.

The local business owner is one of several committee members from Ballymahon’s Traders Association who have spent the past number of months quietly preparing for Saturday’s main event.

“There’s busking from 12pm on the Main Street, a vintage parade, dancing and a sky dive as well,” said Paddy.

In truth, that paints only half of a comprehensive looking itinerary which ends with an over-40s All-Ireland Championship game inside the grounds of Leo Casey Park.

For more, check out Ballymahon Traders Association’s Facebook page.