Setting a record for fun at Callan’s Abhainn Rí

Callan’s Abhainn Rí Festival is now under way and there is plenty more to enjoy during the remainder of the 10-day event – not least of which is the Guinness World Record attempt that’s set to take place on Sunday.

Callan’s Abhainn Rí Festival is now under way and there is plenty more to enjoy during the remainder of the 10-day event – not least of which is the Guinness World Record attempt that’s set to take place on Sunday.

There is plenty more to do and see in the areas of theatre, music, heritage and sport as the festival continues until Sunday.

Today (Wednesday) includes activities such as a lunchtime tour of St Mary’s, leaving from the old Co-op at 1pm, and a “Life in the River” presentation of tiny and larger water and mud creatures, from the Abbey Meadow Car Park at 5.30pm. The Commonage Summer School barbecue will kick off at 8.30pm in Steppe’s Bar, and Ciaran Murphy and Thierry Michel will be providing the music in Fennelly’s.

It’s also the opening night of “The Making of) The Frogs After Aristophanes” by KCAT’s Equinox Theatre Company, a live documentary that runs in the Co-op nightly until Saturday.

Thursday’s lunchtime talk is the History of Callan’s Agri Co-op, and the natural world will be the focus of a River Nature and Heritage Walk.

Thursday also brings the first of three nightly performances by Nicole and Martin, a magical Swiss circus theatre duo, who are making their return to Callan after their celebrated 2008 visit.

Devious Theatre’s Phantasm will take to the stage in Fennelly’s on both Thursday and Friday at 8pm, and Friday will also see a darts tournament in the Cosy Inn.

The final weekend of the festival promises to end on a high note, from Saturday’s Inclusion Summer School, schoolboys soccer blitz and pool tournament to Sunday’s juvenile hurling parade and tournament, Flash:Light concert and “The Long Night” festival finale.

And, of course, there will be an attempt to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for “the largest ‘Rock the Boat’ in the world,” a fundraising effort in aid of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Dublin and the local King’s River (Abhainn Rí) development project.

It kicks off at 3pm on Sunday as part of the family field day at the Abbey Meadow, which runs from 1.30-5pm.

The festival box office is in the old Co-op building, and full details are on abhainnrifestival.com.