Waterford's vibrant Ardmore Pattern Festival returns with an epic list of events.
Waterford’s Ardmore Pattern Festival promises to be an action pack week for all the family, running from July 23-29.
Comedy duo The 2 Johnnies will kick things off in Halla Deuglán, Ardmore, on Monday 23rd July at 8pm. Tickets are €15 each.
Tuesday 24th is Pattern Day, celebrating St Declan who is the patron saint of Ardmore. St Declan established one of the country’s earliest Christian settlements in Ardmore. Born in Dromroe near Cappoquin, his time in Ireland predates St Patrick.
Pattern Day is an integral part of the festival and has been celebrated in the village for hundreds of years. It was mainly a day of religious devotion, but the modern Ardmore Pattern Festival was established in 2007 to maintain the community’s connection to its ancient and cultural past, by promoting and staging family-friendly, community-based activities and events.
A bus will be travelling from Ardmore at 5:30pm to Grange Church, before walkers take in St Declan’s Walk into Ardmore. Mass will be celebrated at 7:30pm in St Declan’s Church, where Monsignor Michael Olden P.E. will speak.
Mass will be followed by ‘Musical Delights from Bygone Days’ in Halla Deuglán from 8:30pm. Admission to this event is €5 with all proceeds going to the hall funds.
The Fureys will perform in St Declan’s Church on Thursday 26th at 8pm. Tickets are €30. A swing/jive and set dancing get together with music from Tim Joe and Ann takes place on Friday 27th. This is being organised by Helen Kealy and promises to be a great night of dance. Admission is €10 with tea and biscuits being served.
On Saturday 28th, there will be fun science, sport and art activities for kids in St Declan’s School from 10:30am to 3pm. St Paul’s Church will welcome Dr Eddie Murphy and Davy Russell on Saturday, followed by Judge James McNulty and Noel Carey on Sunday 29th.
Their will be a farmers market and car boot sale in the village, along with free bouncy castles, obstacle courses, face painting, balloon modelling and the food court will be in the festival square. Local artist Isaac O’Sullivan will provide entertainment, with the village welcoming Queen tribute band Flash Harry to the stage at 8:45pm and a fireworks spectacular will follow at 10:45pm on Saturday.
On Sunday, the RNLI Community Safety Roadshow will be in the festival square. The Fun House, face painting and balloon modelling will also return. Music on the stage will be by the Carrick-on-Suir Brass Band, local band Mystic Tears and Big Generator will be on stage at 5pm to bring the festival to a close.
There will be parking available on the approach to the village from the Dungarvan side and people are encouraged to avail of this to help keep the village free from traffic congestion and allow emergency vehicles to travel freely.
“The success of the festival would not be possible without our sponsors, festival friends and all those who donate prizes. It is important that we all support the people that support us. You will find their details near the back of our festival booklet, which will be available over the weekend in local shops,” a festival spokesperson said.
“A big thank you to our many volunteers that give their time to the festival. They are here to help you should you need it and to keep things running smoothly. Here in Ardmore, we have a vibrant community spirit where there is no shortage of help and co-operation. This is what makes the Ardmore Pattern Festival as special as it is. It is all about spending time together and having family fun.”
Visit Ardmore Pattern Festival for tickets and more information. Tickets for some events can also be got at the post offices in Ardmore and Grange.