Festival showcases Clondalkin at its best despite the rain

By Maurice Garvey

RAIN failed to dampen spirits at the Clondalkin Village Festival over the weekend (June 17-19).

The festival showcases Clondalkin at its best – providing an opportunity for residents and visitors to meet and mingle with local businesses, clubs and organisations.

Clondalkin Festival collage

Thyes Kavanagh, Festival Director said: “Despite the dreadful weather, great fun was had by everyone who came out. Well done to the organisers and a huge thanks to all the groups and street performers for making the event a day to remember.”

Resident Liz McKenna said: “The rain didn’t stop us enjoying it. Brilliant karate display by the Elite Karate Acadmey students, then the magic show for the kids, all the fun at Wooly Wards farm and free pizza from Dominos.”

Over the weekend, there were various events hosted by Tower’s GAA Club, Áras Chrónáin, and at some local pubs.

On Sunday, the village was pedestrianised between 2pm and 6pm, and the main stage featured a packed programme of local talent, including a magic show, set dancing, martial arts, karate displays, dance performances and Zumba.

Up to 90 per cent of events staged during the three-day festival were free.

Busker James Curley belted out tunes to those setting up the festival on Sunday.

He was outside Tuthills when organisers arrived and wanted to sing on the big stage.

Singer/songwriter Colm Gavin headlined the entertainment on the main stage during the festival - promoting his new album A Voice for the Urban Darlings.

The festival organising committee includes Clondalkin Chamber of Commerce, South Dublin County Council, An Garda Síochána, and the event was sponsored by Brian McElroy.

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