Weather prayers for Leixlip festival

THE Leixlip Festival committee will be praying that the Guinness rain dancing record attempted at Carton on Sunday last did not succeed in beckoning wet weather for next weekend’s festival.

THE Leixlip Festival committee will be praying that the Guinness rain dancing record attempted at Carton on Sunday last did not succeed in beckoning wet weather for next weekend’s festival.

As often the case the Leixlip Festival, which attracts people from all over Kildare as well as travelers from abroad, will have both the serious and the funny on show, including now famous band Bell X1’s Dave Geraghty on Monday.

This Thursday, as part of the celebrations, Leixlip Town Council will unveil a plaque at the Plaza in member of army Sgt. Hugh Gaynor who was killed in a famous event in the Congo in 1960. Last year, the 50th anniversary of the Niemba ambush was marked, and members of Sgt. Gaynor’s family will be present this week.

Music and street activities are to the fore with the committee getting permission from the Gardai to close off the street and the Main car park to traffic on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, Main Street will be closed from 1-10 pm and on Sunday access will be denied from 1-11.30 pm. The Main Street car park is to close from 7 am on Saturday to 8 am on Monday.

Music wise, the Battle of the Bands final will take place between 7.30 and 8.30 pm on Thursday at the Courtyard Hotel.

The Town Council has organized a special Walk to School day on Friday with children being supplied with high visibility jackets, subject to availability.

Exotic dancers will be among the participants in Zinc on Friday while the Glenside Ceili Band will provide the music for the traditional session and dancing at St. Mary’s GAA.

There is street entertainment from 2.30 pm on Saturday and on St. Mary’s Church will host its traditional Summer Fair between 10.30 am and 5 pm. It will include historical tours of the Church, starting at 11 am.

An art exhibition by the Rye Valley artists will run in the Mall on Saturday.

On Sunday, the Jazz Freaks will among the entertainers as they play at the Ryevale car park from 1 pm. Street entertainment, including carnival rides and clowns, pony rides and Samba dancers, runs from 2.30 pm.

The tug war competition starts at 4 pm and the traditional fire works display is on at 10.30 pm at the Main Street car park.

Monday will see the funfair at the Main Street car park as well as well as pub theatre.

For a full list see www.leixlipfestival.com.