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Ballymahon hosts Heritage Day

Taking part in the cycle during the 2013 Ballymahon Heritage Day were Sarah Foley, Ann and Millie Flanagan, Conor and Geraldine Duncan, Francis McCormack, Barney Steele, Michael Mulvihill and Pat Killduff.  Photo: Shelley Corcoran

Taking part in the cycle during the 2013 Ballymahon Heritage Day were Sarah Foley, Ann and Millie Flanagan, Conor and Geraldine Duncan, Francis McCormack, Barney Steele, Michael Mulvihill and Pat Killduff. Photo: Shelley Corcoran

This Saturday marks the return of one of south Longford’s most eagerly awaited cultural offerings.

Held in conjunction with Heritage Week, Ballymahon Heritage Day makes its long awaited return at the weekend with a whole host of festivities lined up.

Proceedings get underway from 11am, courtesy of a craft market at Ballymahon Library.

Be it the very best in locally produced baking to eye catching arts and crafts, a wide and diverse range of stalls will be on display throoughout the morning and into the afternoon.

What’s more, there is the added attraction of seeing at first hand a novel demonstration of butter churning, an occasion which no doubt will generate plenty of interest from both young and old.

In keeping with its theme of suiting all agegroups, from 2-3pm a teddy bear’s picnic will take centre stage.

Again the library provides the focal point, taking in various face-painting stops along Main Street and eventually finishing at the town’s playgound along the shores of the River Inny.

Once that commotion has died down, the focus then switches to the days’s centrepiece event-the Ballymahon Heritage Day Parade.

From 3pm, the Longford Pipe Band will lead a long and extensive array of high nellies, vintage cars, tractors and horse drawn carriages from the Creevaghbeg Road and along Main Street.

A picture of classical perfection and age-old intrigue, it really is a sight not to be missed on what is an occasion for all the family to enjoy.

And if your still hungry for more, why not sample some of the many busking enthusiasts who will be churning out the tunes outside the town’s various pubs from 4pm?

Anyone still interested in taking part in the musical songfest or holding a stand at the craft market free of charge, can still do so by contacting Jenny White on (087) 6638666.

Entry to the busking competition and to be in with a chance of claiming up to €100 in prizemoney is just €10.

Not the worst way to spend a Saturday afernoon and evening, one would imagine.

*National Heritage Week runs from August 23-31. Films, Great War exhibitions and heritage walks have already taken place over the past number of days.

To find out more and to see what’s on in your area, simply log onto www.longfordlibrary.ie

 

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