Newbridge Grassroots Festival fun heats up for September

Newbridge 200 Festival Parade Family Fun Day. Sgt. Jimmy Guinan, Brendan David, Nina, Ronan, Yvonne Stynes, Cpl Michael Bookle, (Sliab Na Mban) Photo. Jimmy Fullam.
Organisers of the four day Newbridge Grassroots Festival planned for September 12, to 15 next have appealled for more local sponsorship to come onboard.

Organisers of the four day Newbridge Grassroots Festival planned for September 12, to 15 next have appealled for more local sponsorship to come onboard.

The festival, which grew out of the Newbridge 200 celebrations last year, promises a fun run, a taste of Newbridgge, a military display, a hisorical walking tour and local Soprano Celine Byrne in Concert at St Conleth’s Church on Friday, Newbridge Grassroots Festival Rotary Ball at Keadeen Hotel on Saturday and a finalé Concert and fireworks display on Sunday.

“We are trying to truly offer something for everyone - young and old, residents and visitors to Newbridge alike,” said David O’Reilly, Festival Chairman.

“ As its name suggests, we are trying to bring people back to our grassroots and celebrate community and most events are free so everyone can enjoy the Festival fully. Would like to ask all local businesses to support the organisers by taking up low cost sponsorship options on offer so the festival can be adequately funded.”

There will also be a RACE 40th Anniversary Reunion Race Day at Curragh Racecourse on Saturday, September 14 followed by Nua Féile along River Liffey.

“This year we are especially encouraging all the local hostelries to join in the fun and organise music and craic in their own premises for the four nights,” said volunteer Tracey Maher. We will help owners decorate their pubs and clubs to get into the spirit of the Festival.”

Kildare Youth Theatre (KYT) has taken time out of their busy European Student exchange programme currently underway in Newbridge to confirm their availability to perform their novel ‘Do Not Disturb’ at The Gables during the Festival. Meanwhile for a full listing of what is on and when check out www.grassrootsfestival.ie

- Paula Campbell