The War of Independence will be fought again on the streets of Monasterevin at the end of July this year.
But the town hasn’t decided to declare itself an independent republic, just yet. Instead, the staged ‘fighting’ will be a highlight of the second annual Venice of Ireland festival, which will take place from July 18 to 24.
the local Lord Edward’s Own Reenactment group were a highlight of the festival last year, when they staged the 1798 Battle of Monasterevin for a large audience.
Spokesman for the re enactment group Barry Walsh said that this year’s production will be far more spectacular with a bigger cast.
Committee chairman Dan Carmody said that the Venice of Ireland festival is a community based event and he appealed to all groups and individuals to make their contribution.
“The huge attendance at last year’s festival was unanimous that the festival was a great community success and it can be even more successful this year with more of the many local groups being actively involved.” he said.
The Venice of Ireland festival was staged for the first time last year as a replacement for the the annual Hopkins festival, which had taken place in the town but which was moved to Newbridge last year to cater for the crowds which attend.
Another highlight of the festival promises to be the annual Picnic in the Park, with live music, family sports and entertainment.
Local gardener Elma Fenton of Ellen Gardening Design, who is a Chelsea Flower Show winner, will host a seminar on gardening design and ecology during the week, and the festival will also host cookery workshops for adults and children, sculpting, drawing and art, creative writing, kayaking, photographic exhibition and story telling.
“Local businesses provided excellent support to festival 2010 by way of financial sponsorship and donations, we are seeking similar support again this year,” said secretary Mary Donnelly. McConville’s SuperValu will sponsor the awards.
To join in or financially support the festival, contact Chairman Dan Carmody on 085 7809133, secretary Mary Donnelly on 089 4437083, treasurer Margaret Ryan on 087 1623700 or visit www.veniceofireland.ie.