Maynooth festival opportunities

MAYNOOTH Community Council is well into the planning of the Maynooth Harvest Festival which runs from 13-16 September.The Thursday to Sunday event will coincide with the Canal estival which will run from September 10 to 16. The organisers have decided to use Maynooth in the early 20th century as the theme of the festival.

MAYNOOTH Community Council is well into the planning of the Maynooth Harvest Festival which runs from 13-16 September.The Thursday to Sunday event will coincide with the Canal estival which will run from September 10 to 16. The organisers have decided to use Maynooth in the early 20th century as the theme of the festival.

Many activities are in the planning with Saturday having the most visible outdoor activities.

The street will be closed for part of the day. There will be food, plant, craft and jewelery stalls. But the Council is giving serious consideration to charging some businesses which come into the town.

At Maynooth Community Council’s monthly meeting fears were expressed about an invasion of ice cream vans with some members saying that local traders may not welcome a temporary invasion of non town mobile business.

With the Council and the Festival running on a low budget, serious consideration will be given to charging some rents for what are considered lucrative businesses.

Music – busking bands, traditional musicians and dancing in the square, an art exhibition, children’s face painting and art are all part of the menu.

An afternoon of entertainment in Maynooth Castle will include poetry, music and song.

There will be a photographic exhibition Maynooth – people and place.

The Council meeting also heard that there will be a launch of the Maynooth Newsletter Archive. Sports and a pub quiz will also feature.

Other activities are planned and the Canal Festival will have additional activities.

Festival committee chairman, Andrew McMullan said it is an opportunity for community groups to get involved, to advertise and highlight their activities, achievements and to engage new members. “It might be a case of setting up a stand on the Saturday to showcase your group/organisation or it may be that your group would like to get involved in the areas of music, song, dance, art and craft. Mr. McMullan said they would especially invite community groups to make up teams for the Pub Quiz in Caulfields on Friday, September 14.

Groups or individuals can contact: Maynooth Community Council, Unit 5 Tesco Shopping Centre, Maynooth, 01-6285922 or maynoothcc@eircom.net.

- Henry Bauress