This weekend sees the launch of the Urlingford and Graine Gathering, when the community reaches out to natives, visitors and old friends alike.
Previous generations who played a pivotal role in shaping local life and history are remembered and celebrated in unique ways. There will also be a family fun day on Sunday, with something for everyone to enjoy.
Last Friday, August 16, locals celebrated a Cemetery Mass in Graine, with refreshments afterwards in the newly-renovated hall. It was a chance to relive part of history through the medium of photography.
Organisers will repeat this ‘remembering’ at the cemetery mass in The Mill this Saturday, August 24, followed by a social gathering in the parish hall in Urlingford.
The following day, Sunday, August 25, the family field day takes place in the Emeralds GAA Club grounds. There will be a walk (suitable for all ages) through the town, looking at some places of historical interest along the way, and finishing at the club grounds.
At the grounds, there will be a huge range of activities to suit everyone, including a camogie and hurling blitz, a barbecue, a water balloon competition, bungee-run, bouncy castle, and wrecking ball games. In addition, there will be a ‘Fair-Day’ re-enactment and 1950s-era fancy dress, vintage cars and fun games for all the family.
Organisers are encouraging everyone to attend the various events, and celebrate the Gathering, bringing along family and friends for a great day of fun. Later in the year, there will be further updates regarding the much-anticipated launch of the book on the history of Urlingford/Graine.