Blue skies, ice cream.....Summer Festival!
A fantastic day was had by all at this year's Inistioge Summer Festival. In its fifth year, this festival has gone from strength to strength, this year surpassing all the rest. The sun shining, little kids in sundresses and shorts, the long forgotten smell of suntan lotion.... summer as you remember it when you were a child was alive and well in Inistioge last weekend.
The addition of the Vintage Boutique was a huge success, many keen shoppers returning to the shop three or four times to make more purchases! Also new to the event were the Bale Rolling Races which brought out the competitive side of many people, both men and women rolling up their sleeves, it was fast, furious and great fun!
Fourpenny Rock blasted out the tunes in the Millennium Garden in the heart of the village on Sunday evening. The Square was filled with families, enjoying the magical evening after a fun-filled day.
All funds raised from the event will go towards offsetting the cost of the Cois Abhann Centre, a joint effort by the Inistioge Community Council and the Rower Inistioge GAA club. The Inistioge Summer Festival is supported by the Kilkenny Leader Partnership and is a member of the Kilkenny Community Festival Network, supporting rural tourism in Kilkenny.
Speaking at the festival 'clean-up' Jackie Sheehan, PRO of the festival committee, expressed her delight at the success of the 2013 festival: “Due to the huge success of this year's festival much needed funds were raised for the Cois Abhann centre, Inistioge Community Centre. We are very grateful to our many sponsors who support us every year. Also special thanks to be given to the Festival Committee and to the many, many volunteers who helped out on the day - without them there would be no festival. Also a big thank you to the entertainment, Fourpenny Rock, Hatchery Folk, Tania Opland and Mike Freeman, the Craiguenamanagh Brass Band and the brilliant Reverend JM & His Panic Worship. It really goes to show what people can achieve when they come together as a community. A great day was had by all. Roll on next year's festival which will have even more to offer - mark it on the calendar now!”
'We are putting it in the diary for next year. My children had a brilliant day, between the climbing wall, pony rides, Dog Show and a little bit of shopping for me in the Vintage Boutique, the day didn't cost a fortune. Everything from food to rides was reasonably priced. We have had a wonderful family day to remember” said Clare Mullet after her first visit to the Inistioge Summer Festival.
For more details and to view a video of last year’s festival highlights log onto Facebook/InistiogeSummerFestival or www.inistioge.ie