It looks set to be a busy weekend for County Longford, with a number of events planned for all ages and interests.
The following is a guide to the events that will take place this weekend.
Tonight, Friday, Delorentos and DJ Fergal D’Arcy will open the Marquee in Drumlish. Doors open at 9pm, and there is a reduced admission fee before 11pm.
Saturday, August 17:
Native Woodland Trust will visit the Longford Library from 11am - 1pm to facilitate a children’s woodland story-telling workshop.
In the afternoon, all are welcome to visit Ardagh Eco Gardens from 2pm-6pm.
Clondra Historical Walking Tour will also take place on Saturday. Meeting at 1.30pm at Croghan’s, the walk will begin at 2pm and will last for approximately one hour.
A family fun day, organised as part of the Marquee in Drumlish, will take place from 1pm-5pm on Monaduff GAA Grounds, featuring the Leinster GAA Roadshow. Entertainment includes Football Blitzes, bouncy castles, pet farm, and Little Mr and Little Miss Marquee 2013.
Longford Fancy Dress Night will take place throughout town, with a number of pubs taking part, providing drinks concessions and prizes for the best costumes. Starting at about 8pm in Foley’s Bar, Ballymahon Street.
Barn Dance and Barbeque in Egan’s of Mount Temple, hosted by Pinnacle Macra Club.
Country superstars Declan Nerney and Nathan Carter will perform at the Marquee in Drumlish, doors will open at 9pm.
Sunday, August 18:
The Tarmonbarry 100K Cycle Challenge, hosted by St Barry’s GAA will get underway on Sunday.
A Honda Run/Big Bikes in aid of St John Ambulance, Cavan will begin at 1pm, starting from the Hideaway Bar, Cloncovid, Kilcogy.
Colmcille Ploughing Festival and Heritage Day will be held on the land of Gene and Bernadette Reilly, Lady’s Road, Smear, Aughnacliffe. There will be a procession to the grounds after 10.30am Mass, and the event starts at 11.30. The Lady of the Plough Dance will take place later that night in Murtagh’s Lounge.
Mohill Agricultural Show Day takes place at the Sports Complex and McGowan’s Field, Cloone Road.
Ballinamuck Olde Fair Day will start with a procession from Gaigue Cross at 1.30pm, led by Declan Nerney.
County Archivist, Martin Morris, will give a talk on North Longford Flying Column at 4pm in the Corlea Visitor Centre, Kenagh.
Monster Bingo, organised as part of the Marquee in Drumlish will begin at 3pm in the 98 Memorial Hall, Ballinamuck. There will be €3,000 in prizes as well as a Monster Raffle.
Longford Vintage Club Ltd will host a tractor run. Starting with registration and breakfast at the Old Forge, Killoe, and tractors will depart at 12 noon sharp. Entry costs €20 per tractor.
Mundy, Sharon Shannon and the Aftermath will bring the Marquee festival to a close.
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