Maynooth’s Harvest festival welcomes French visitors

Maynooth is expecting French visitors.
A delegation from Maynooth’s twin town will visit for the town’s Harvest Festival this weekend.

A delegation from Maynooth’s twin town will visit for the town’s Harvest Festival this weekend.

The four day event, which will run from 26-29 September brings together community, voluntary, business, education and artistic groups with the Town and University.

“This year we welcome a delegation from the Mayor’s Office, Canet-en-Rousillon, Maynooth’s twinned town,” aid Susan Durack, spokesperson for the Community Council which is organsing the festival.

The 2013 festival marks the second anniversary of the signing of the charter between Maynooth and Canet.

Events and activities will include the launch of the Maynooth Harvest Gathering Festival in the JPII Library, NUI Maynooth at 7.30pm (invitation only).

Friday will include a visit to Russell Library, 11am, NUI Maynooth (booking essential, but places are limited, please contact Susan.Durack@nuim.ie, 087 7974582)

Two local bands will play in the Square on Friday between 6-8.30pm, which will be followed by a community quiz in McMahons.

A free Children’s Quiz will take place in the Boys’ National School for all Maynooth Primary Schools from 6-8pm.

Saturday’s activities include and craft displays, art exhibition, online photographic exhibitions, family fun activities, music song and dance.

Music will be provided by National Learning Network, and traditional Irish music groups - Comhaltas Ceolteoirí Éireann and Push for Porter.

The Geraldine Castle will feature music, song, dance, prose and poetry readings. Tesco will have a full timetable of events including displays, a fun dog show and a wrestling demonstration.

A Maynooth Scouts Treasure Hunt will take place in the College grounds, please sign up at the Castle Gates at 2pm.

The Jazz Freaks and Route 66 will play in the Square on Saturday evening and comedian Tommy Tiernan will play to a packed house in the Glenroyal Hotel on Saturday night.

Sunday’s activities will be centred mainly in the Harbour. The walk from Croker will arrive in Maynooth around lunch time. The afternoon events will start in the Harbour at 2pm.

They include a walk and talk on the history of the town of the Canal starting at 2 pm at the Geraldine Castle gates.