Christy Moore and Damien Dempsey top Junefest bill

Pictured at the recent Junefest launch were Gay Brabazon, Declan Browne, Nicky Leahy, Anne Hodgeson, Paul Cooke, Terry Moore, Damien Molyneaux, Noel Heavey. Photo. Jimmy Fullam.
Hometown hero Christy Moore will headline the closing gig of this year’s Junefest, to be held in Newbridge the first week of June.

Hometown hero Christy Moore will headline the closing gig of this year’s Junefest, to be held in Newbridge the first week of June.

The summer festival has this year been extended over two weekends with plenty of music and fun activities in the week inbetween.

The event will be formally launched on Friday night, May 30, with an exhibition of old photos of the town taken by John Coffey from Kilkenny.

Dublin singer-songwriter Damien Dempsey will perform on the Sunday night of the opening weekend in Moorefield, supported by local group Bun Os Cionn, from Rathangan.

Kildare Youth Theatre will perform two pieces, in both their own premises and in Farrell’s bookstore, also on the Saturday.

The big Family Fun Day will take place on the Sunday of the Bank Holiday weekend at the Strand, with lots of busking, music, bands, craft stalls and kids’ games.

On Monday, there will be a Battle of the Bands in Linear Park, plus historical walks on the Curragh.

Other highlights of the week will include a literary miscellany from the Liffey Literary Circle, a lecture on dreams from Yasbinder Garnermann, chairperson of the Jung Society; a showcase gig at St Patrick’s Church from musical local family the Cahills from Piercetown, a ‘Craic House’ comedy club event at the Granary Bar, ‘The Voice Squad’ at St Patrick’s and much more.

A special walking tour through the streets of Newbridge highlighting significant places in the life of town native Christy Moore will take place on the final Saturday, incorporating theatre from KYT and singing from local buskers.

The festival will finish up with Christy’s gig at the Patrician Secondary School on Saturday night, June 7, when he will be supported by local band King Modo.

A full schedule of events will be available closer to the festival date, and event tickets are available at the Riverbank.