Looking forward to the
Longford Harvest Festival

The Harvest Festival Committee. Back Row L-R: Edmund Kelly, Mike Kelly, Pat Hanley, Denis Mathews, John Fallon, Rachel Thompson, Jimmy Nolan, Sean Kiernan, Fr.Brady. Front Row L-R: James Byrne,Michael Lennon,Paddy Finnegan,Ann Marie Gray,Kathleen Mulvihill, Caroline Stewart. Photo: Declan Gilmore
Finishing touches are being put to the Longford Harvest Festival in the run up to the event, which takes place on Sunday, September 1.

Finishing touches are being put to the Longford Harvest Festival in the run up to the event, which takes place on Sunday, September 1.

Taking place in Newtowncashel village, the festival, which will combine all the traditions of the land in rural Ireland over the past century, will have something for everyone, from the history enthusiast to the animal lover.

Launched in the Peer Inn, Lisnacusha, on Friday last, August 23, the Harvest Festival will celebrate the land, showcasing how people lived long ago, and how they survived off the land. There will be threshing, corn grinding and hand binding on the day, along with horsedrawn reapers, combine harvesters and much more.

A dog show will take place on the day, along with craft displays, trade stands, auto jumble, and a mock wedding. Declan Nerney will make a special appearance, and there will be performances by the Dunderry dancers and a host of local musicians. There will also be children’s entertainment in the form of face painting, pony rides and bouncy castles.

That night, Doyle’s in Kenagh will host a Barn dance at 10pm, where music will be provided by Colm Burke.

As it is the year of the Gathering, it is hoped that many will be welcomed home for the event.

The Longford Harvest Festival will begin at 12 noon, and proceeds from the event will go to St Christopher’s Services, Longford. All are welcome to attend to celebrate the land and support a worthy cause.