There will be fun filled family two day festival in Tinnahinch this week to celebrate Michaelmas. The Michaelmas festival kicks off on Saturday at 1pm at The Ring in Tinnahinch with under 10 camogie and hurling matches.
At 3pm there will be a 7.5km run (or jog...or walk!) taking place from the picturesque St. Mullins to Graiguenamanagh along the River Barrow. Registration will take place at the Quay in St. Mullins from 2.15pm and transport will be provided back to St. Mullins to collect cars after the run.
All groups, clubs and individuals are welcome to take part. For further information contact Richard Watson (086) 3898577. In the words of Gay Byrne, who recently described his walk along this stretch of the river as ‘one of the highlights of my life in the past year’ – ‘Just do it!’
At 4.30pm there will be a raft race on the River Barrow with teams representing local pubs taking part. The day will finish with live music and revelry at the Crossroads in Tinnahinch.
Sunday’s festivities will kick off in John Walsh’s field at noon with plenty of fun for all the family. One of the highlights of the day will be the Michaelmas Sheep Fair which will revive the centuries old practice of real ‘sheepmen’ buying and selling their stock at the festival. This promises to be entertaining and informative, lending an authentic atmosphere to proceedings.
The Michaelmas Festival is facilitating commerce between genuine sheep breeders and farmers who will make their own independent deals. If you wish to sell sheep at the festival please contact Jim Butler 087 1320234 or Paddy Cleary 085 7312111.
There will also be a farmer’s market and a craft fair, threshing display, weapons and armoured personnel carrier display, tug of war and Miriam Lambert’s Puppet Show. There will also be a farm animal display, live music, kiddies’ art and craft corner, face painting, a bouncy castle and much more.