It is a great honour to announce that Mr Steve Redmond, Oceans 7 Swimmer and West Cork Person of the Year, will perform the opening ceremony of the Féile Beag 2013.
New Events on the programme this year include the Dawn Chorus Guided Walk, led by Lesley Lewis, along the River Ilen, to hear the first of the bird’s song. This event takes place at 4.30am on Saturday May4th, assemble at the Top of The Rock. For those braving the early morning, refreshments will be served by members of the ICA after the walk.
Another new event on the programme this year is ‘Drimoleague’s Got Talent’. The committee are delighted with this new event to the programme as children’s events are very much at the heart of Féile Beag. This competition is an opportunity for local children to showcase their many talents.
Nominations for The Person/Club of the Year are available locally and completed forms can be returned to the Post Office. We also wish to advise people to be vigilant over the weekend and check the clues on Mary John V’s window, as rumour has it there may be a ‘Fugitive’ at large.
The 5K Run returns again this year, as it was hugely successful last year. It takes place at the GAA Grounds on Monday May 6th at 6pm. Walkers are also very welcome. Registration starts at 5pm in the dressing rooms and there will be an entry fee of €10. Individual timing is available and refreshments will be served to the participants after the run. Prizes will be given to the first three men and three women to cross the finish line. There are also prizes for the first man and woman home in the following categories: Under 35, 40, 45, 50, 60 & 70, along with a special prize for the first local man and woman to complete the challenge.
Other events to watch out for during the weekend are the Lord/Lady of The Rings in May Deans on the Friday night. Saturday’s features include GAA challenges for the kids and the mums. The evening events include the €1000 Bingo in The Hall and Rounders make a return to the programme on Monday night in the GAA pitch as part of the Féile Fun.
The Sunday afternoon entertainment programme includes music and dancing with ‘Shavers Only’, on the Green. There will be an opportunity to enjoy the BBQ, Cartoon Characters, Balloon Modellers, Face Painters and William’s Fun Fair which is in town for the weekend. A Circus Workshop will be provided by Boggle Entertainment during the afternoon, which will include balancing acts, uni cycle, juggling and other circus acts.
Along with the Dawn Chorus Walk, The Drimoleague Heritage Walkways have organised two other walks over the weekend, in conjunction with the Féile Beag.
The Glanaclohy Loop Walk takes place on Saturday 4th May and the hill walk to Nowen Hill takes place on Monday 6th. These walks are an integral part of the Féile Beag programme and are a great opportunity for people to discover the experience of Hill Walking.
The Féile continues on Sunday with Vintage Cars, The Fun Fair, Children’s Fancy Dress, Duck Race, Children’s Arts & Craft Exhibition, BBQ, Shavers Only and Monster Children’s Entertainment on the Green, Fireworks and live music in the Drimoleague Inn with the Vendetta’s.
The Féile Beag concludes on Monday with the Pitch & Putt, Hill Walking, Car Treasure Hunt, Long Shot Bowling, Féile Fun in the GAA Pitch including the 5K Run, Kiddies Fun Run, Bouncy Castle and Rounders. Please check press for times and details of all events taking place over the weekend.
Finally, the committee wishes to thank our kind sponsors and hard working team of helpers who continue to make the Féile Beag possible. Not forgetting all of you attending and participating over the weekend. We wish everybody a safe and enjoyable Féile Beag 2013.