Crystal Swing, Bagatelle, and much more for Kildare Derby Festival

The annual Kildare town Derby festival was officially launched last Friday evening, June 8, at the Japanese Gardens.

The annual Kildare town Derby festival was officially launched last Friday evening, June 8, at the Japanese Gardens.

The hardworking volunteers on the festival committee have put together a great week’s entertainment to coincide with the running of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby on the Curragh at the end of this month.

The action kicks off on Friday, June 22, with the finals of the Kildare Derby Festival Queen at the Derby House Hotel at 8pm.

There will be a barbecue on Saturday June 23 at Boyle’s Bar from 7pm, and the Derby Festival Bowls final is on at 6.30pm at the CWMS on the same night.

On Sunday, June 24, the Taste of Kildare festival and a local craft fair will take place on Market Square, and the big Derby Festival Parade will leave Tesco Car park at 2.15pm. There will also be a dog show at St Brigid’s Park and a monster field day at the soccer pitch, plus live music on Market Square that evening.

Throughout the week there will be workshops and art exhibitions in Aras Bhride.

A Mikado outdoor concert takes place at the Japanese Gardens from Tuesday 26 to Wednesday 28 June. Tickets cost E35 and early booking is advisable at 045 521251. The annual Bessie Byrne sponsored walk leaves Market Square at 7pm the same night.

On Thursday, there will be a jumbo cake sale and coffee morning, hosted by the Eve Harvest Centre and Rehab from 10.30am to 2pm at the CWMS Hall.

That evening, there will also be a poetry and storytelling night with Mae Leonard from 7.30pm at Aras Bhride.

Racing at the Curragh is off on the Friday evening, but that doesn’t mean the action is set to slow down in Kildare town.

On Friday night, June 29, the free open-air final of Kildare’s Got Talent will take place in Market Square at 8pm.

On Saturday, there will be a fun day at Tesco from 10am to 4pm. The Best Buddies competition kicks off at Market Square at 7pm, followed by free live music from Kym Kelly and Crystal Swing. A gala night’s entertainment is planned for the last day of the Derby Festival on Sunday, with free live music from feedback and Bagatelle on Market Square.

- Laura Coates