Athy festival fever heats up

There may be no Oxegen in Kildare this year, but Athy has not one but two festivals to look forward to. TradAthy 2012 is back, scheduled for the May Bank Holiday, and for the first time the Dragon Boat Regatta will be sailing high on the River Barrow that same weekend.

There may be no Oxegen in Kildare this year, but Athy has not one but two festivals to look forward to. TradAthy 2012 is back, scheduled for the May Bank Holiday, and for the first time the Dragon Boat Regatta will be sailing high on the River Barrow that same weekend.

Both festivals will not only will bring hundreds of visitors to the south Kildare town but they promise to be great craic!

Emma O’Brien of Clancy’s is one of the organisers of TradAthy 2012. She said the excitement is gearing up nicely for another great trad session. TradAthy musicians will also play by the River Barrow for the much-anticipated Dragon Boat Regatta, where a town barbecue and trad workshops are also planned.

Dragon Boat Regatta organiser Julie Doyle said Athy is an ideal base. “We are very much looking forward to it. Athy has been very welcoming, indeed we were shocked with the great reception and support we have got. All we need is the good weather!”

The race promises to be action packed with each team competing in up to five races.

All you need to do is form a team of 17 people and the organisers will provide the boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment.

So get on your boat! For more information ring 0599161685.