It’s all go ahead of the Granard Easter festival

Kevin Forde

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Sarah Carton, Leah Jackman, Patrick Higgins, Shaunagh, Noah, Niall and Melanie McMonagle, Mairead Higgins and Alanna McMonagle enjoying the festivities last year

Sarah Carton, Leah Jackman, Patrick Higgins, Shaunagh, Noah, Niall and Melanie McMonagle, Mairead Higgins and Alanna McMonagle enjoying the festivities last year PICTURE: Michelle Ghee

The annual Granard Easter Festival takes place from Saturday, April 20, to Sunday, April 21.

Festivities kick off at 11am on Saturday morning at Market house with a talk from none other than Fr Tom Murray. Fr Tom will give an informed talk on crime and punishment in Granard from 1750 to 1900, followed by music from local harpists.

Next up is the 5K fun run at 3pm, which is sponsored by Durkin podiatry. Registration for this takes place from 2pm on the day at Kiernan Milling on the Ballinalee road. It is surely not one to be missed with up to €500 in prizes for the quickest people to cross the finish line on Main Street. The price to enter the fun run is set at €10 for adults and €5 for children, with all funds raised going towards the running of the festival.

“Durkin podiatry put the money forward for the run. The run is the only thing people have to pay for,” Chairperson of the committee Sinead Fay told the Leader.

“People can then go back to Fays for tea and refreshments after the run is over.”

Sunday’s entertainment is for people of all ages, with children sure to be entertained with a Disco Dome, High Rise and Obstacle course bouncy castles, to name a few. These open from 1pm and are closely followed by the commencement of the Easter Sunday parade at 2pm, with cash prizes for the best overall float, the best school float, the top novelty float and the best community float.

Sinead Fay said, “There could be up to six bouncy castles on the day and it’s all free.
“People don’t have to pay for anything at all on Sunday, everything is completely free. It is really for the kids to come out and enjoy themselves.”

At 2:30pm the entertainment continues, with Dinky Diggers, face painting and balloon modelling for the younger attendees. This will be followed by some musical entertainment courtesy of John Dungan CCÉ group at 3pm and a puppet show at 3:30pm.

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Sinead took time to thank all sponsors involved, Boomerang bar, John V Donohue's, Fay's, Harper's bar, Kanes and The Greville Arms, for supporting the festival.

She urged people to make the most of this basically free event, something which doesn’t happen too often.

“We didn’t want people feeling like they had to come into town and spend a fortune. It is a free weekend of entertainment.

“Come out and enjoy the day. It’s free and for kids, put on by businesses in the town as a way to give back to the community. Hopefully they all come out and enjoy it.”