Summer Festival - Report for 2011

13/06/2011

Inistioge Summer Festival 2011

A two day event held over the June Bank Holiday in the picturesque village of Inistioge once again enjoyed scores of visitors and locals alike partaking of all the fun that was on offer. On Saturday we held our inaugural 3km Fun Run on the Rock Road. The Inistioge Summer Festival was officially opened by Ken Whitelaw, an ultra marathon runner who with his running partner Gerry Duffy completed 32 marathons in 32 days in 2010. One of their marathons was held in Inistioge on the 7th July 2010. Ken is the embodiment of the fulfilment of a goal and his message was one of encouragement and belief in achieving what you set out to do.

The Fun Run was organised by Nore Valley Athletic Club and the stream of brightly clad runners on the Rock Road was a sight to behold. Peter Duggan (St. Joseph's A.C.) won the event in an impressive time of 11 minutes 30 seconds; followed closely by Enda Cahill (Unattached) from Galway in 11 minutes, 42 seconds and young Jamie Holden from Nore Valley A.C. (at just 9 years of age!!!) coming in third in an incredible 12 minutes and 22 seconds.

Laoise Doyle Woods was the winner of the funniest hat; Deirdre Keher was the winner of the fastest buggy and Mick Harkin was spectacular with his egg and spoon and despite some calls for a steward’s enquiry he was awarded the prize for that category.

A field of 100 runners interspersed with a few walkers finished the sun dappled course spurred on by Ken’s inspirational words. All participants were presented with a certificate of completion and the consensus was “we’ll be back next year”.

Saturday evening saw the brave warriors representing the pubs of the parish; Murphy’s of the Rower, Woodstock Arms, O’Donnell’s and Avril’s took to the pitch in a feverish battle of 7-a-side soccer. The guys and girls did their pubs proud and no quarter was given or taken. Avril’s team were victorious and were presented with the trophy.

The main event was on Sunday, held on the GAA pitch on the banks of the river Nore and despite a rainy start to the day the sun managed to shine through in the late afternoon.  Weather was never going to be a deterrent to the thousands of locals and visitors alike who came to support the fundraiser and enjoy the fun of the festival. The range and quality of the entertainment was enjoyed by all age groups and it was truly another successful family fun day for Inistioge. The evening was rounded off by the those legends of rock and soul, Four Penny Rock who once again played set after set free gratis and had the crowds up rocking around the Millennium garden.

The raffle was held during the concert and the much sought after prizes which were generously donated were won by the following lucky winners:

1. Frances Wheeler was the winner of the beautiful hand crafted and painted Mosses’ Pottery Plate

2. Annette O’Keefe, Woodstock Arms won the Maria of Kilkenny Portrait Voucher

3. Michael Lyng, Ml Lyng Motors, won The Motte Restaurant Voucher

4.  Olivia Killian won the Summer Hamper, donated by Green Anger Trading Co.

5. Sean McGlone won the Footlights by the River Voucher

6. Ben Nolan, Carlow won the drinks hamper

The Dog Show which was sponsored by Caulfield’s Supervalu New Ross, was a resounding success and ably judged by John Cullen to whom the committee are grateful for bringing his expertise to the show each year and ensuring that the categories are varied and interesting to dog owners and to the public attending.

The Committee of the Inistioge Summer Festival have so many people they want to thank for making this event happen and for ensuring it is the success it has become. Firstly we once again want to thank our main sponsor Inistioge Business Association, our other sponsors Caulfield Supervalu, New Ross, Tierney & O’Neill Ltd, Noreside Construction Ltd, Nicholas Mosse Pottery, Andrew Cullen Oil, Schivo Group, Maria’s of Kilkenny, BOC Gas, Nick Vereker Photography & Kissane’s Pharmacy . The number of sponsors and businesses who so generously gave to the festival are too numerous to mention here and we would urge you to visit www.inistioge.ie and see all the sponsors acknowledged on our festival page. A big thank you is due to the people who volunteered to work on set up for the festival, who worked so valiantly on Sunday in so many capacities and guises and then turned up again on Monday morning to assist in the clean up. Thanks go to the GAA & Ian McDonald for the use of the pitch and field respectively.  A special thanks to Four Penny Rock for providing the entertainment on Sunday evening, you were great as always. The Committee will call a public meeting in July to discuss the outcomes of the festival. All are welcome to attend.

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