Last year's event: The bridge in Inistioge was lit up gold for the campaign. Picture by Harry Reid
The famous ten-arch bridge in Inistioge will be lit up in gold this month as part of an international campaign to raise awareness of childhood cancer, and support affected parents and families.
The global initiative sees significant landmarks in key locations illuminated in gold. The community of Inistioge went gold last year - as did Sydney Opera House, and many more famous monuments.
The bridge in Inistioge is significant, as - apart from its pleasing 18th Century aesthetics - it is the only 10-arch rubble stone bridge in Europe. In addition this year, another monument, Mount Sanford Castle, which is located behind the bridge, will also be lit up gold.
It's all part of a free, family event taking place on Saturday, September 15 from 4pm - 9pm on the green in Inistioge.
As part of the entertainment, there will be an open stage with live music and a DJ, face painting, a bouncy castle, canoe paddle, fun characters, a 'meet and greet' with Kilkenny hurlers, goodie bags, marquee tents and a seating area is provided in case it rains, and more.
This year, Graignamanagh Canoe Club will host a fancy dress paddle from Thomastown to Inistioge. There will be gold lanterns running along the river, secured on rafts so that no animals are harmed. Local councillor Michael Doyle will then switch on the gold lights at 8.20pm.
All proceeds raised from any donations made will go to the following: Medical research in UCD; 'Beads of Courage' - the internationally-recognised arts of medicine programme; St John's Haematology/Oncogy ward at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin. More than €3,200 was raised last year.
"We are delighted to see that the awareness is growing," says Stella, one of the event organisers.
"This will be a very community based event, and we would encourage everyone to come along."
Childhood Cancer Foundation was founded in 2013 by parents and family members of children with cancer. You can donate by texting GOLD to 50300 to donate €4 to Childhood Cancer Foundation.