The wheels are in motion yet again for the sixth annual Clancy Brothers Music and Arts Festival which was launched at the Ormond Castle in Carrick last week. Members of the Higgins Irish Dance School and the Trad School of Music came out in full dress on what was a very cold but beautiful morning especially for the event. The Trad School of Music, run by Caroline O’Brien, along with Pete Smith and Kevin Power also entertained crowds of passersby on the main street who all revelled in the Clancy celebrations. The town was full of fun on the day as The Joe Duffy ‘Funny Friday Carrick-on-Suir Special’ took place to launch the Golden Years discounts days in Carrick.
At the launch it was revealed that critically acclaimed Irish singer/songwriter Damien Dempsey will headline this year’s festival at The Strand Theatre.
Carrick will once again be bursting at the seams with culture, music and fun this coming June Bank Holiday weekend.
There will be a number a fundraising events leading up to the festival and it is crucial to the success of the festival that the community rallies around these events, according to the organisers. The festival has had great support at past fundraising events and they hope this year will be no different. Art lovers will be pleased to know The Clancy Festival Art Trail will return to Brewery Lane Theatre on Friday April 5th, 2013 at 7.30pm for their annual Art Benefit Party. There will also be an intimate concert held in the beautiful setting of the Nano Nagle Church. This is planned for the 20th of April. There will be a Lions Club riverbank walk and a Race Night, which is always great fun in O’Ceallachain’s. Over the May bank holiday weekend there will be a Flag Day held in Carrick. Volunteers will be situated in various places around the town accepting donations. Your contributions would be greatly appreciated. In particular the money raised at these events goes towards the family fun days so it is going straight back into the community. These family days are always a great success and bring the local community and beyond together in days of fun and festivities.
The festival will also be running a very exciting competition in the lead up to the festival. Look out for helium balloons in local shops in the run up to the festival. If you pop a balloon with a ticket, you text the code to a number that will be released through the media each week and you could win some amazing prizes. The prizes include tickets to festival events and the big one, which is an airline voucher for you to bring someone home for the festival in conjunction with The Gathering 2013. So don’t forget in the coming weeks, check out your local shops and you could be in with a chance of winning with The Clancy Festival 2013. The festival is looking for support from the local community. If you or your community group would like to volunteer or participate in any way please contact the festival through the website or the Facebook page.
More exciting acts and entertainment will be announced over the coming weeks. The organisers would like to thank supporters in advance. Please check out www.clancybrothersfestival.org or find the festival on Facebook.