Line Dancing record and Luka’s new song at the Newbridge Grassroots Festival

Newbridge Grassroots Festival. Stella O Neill, Pauline Tobin, Mag Burke, Newbridge Lion Dancers at the Curragh Race Course. Photo. Limmy Fullam.
The sun came out through the clouds, a new line dancing record was set and our very own Luka Bloom penned a new song for the first Newbridge Grassroots Festival held at the weekend.

The sun came out through the clouds, a new line dancing record was set and our very own Luka Bloom penned a new song for the first Newbridge Grassroots Festival held at the weekend.

“There was a great turnout,” said Breda McHale of the committee.

“The rain stopped just in time and a great crowd gathered for the grand finale concert last night (Sunday). The fire works display was spectacular.”

Headling act Luka Bloom wrote a song for the occaision entitled ‘Liffey Side’.

“He wrote the song for the festival,”she said.

“It is called ‘Liffey Side’ and was all about his days growing up in Newbridge. It was lovely.”

Meanwhile an Irish line dancing record was set on Sunday at the Curragh with over 500 willing particpants involved clad in Cowboy boots and hats, dancing along to an up-temop version of Shania Twain’s ‘From This Moment’.

“One observer said it was like Kentucky bursting out all over, all of a sudden,” said Ms McHale.

“Great fun was had by all the cowboy hat and boots clad entrants.

“Sharon Kelly had worked hard for weeks to gather such a huge crowd of dancers and friends and obviously all her hard work paid off.”

Other festival highlights included Celine Byrne in concert, the Sensational kids fun run, the taste of Newbrige at George’s St, and a music trail which saw live music in all the pubs.

There was a military display in St Patrican’s Boy’s School car park while Kildare Youth Theatre performed several productions of their unique eight play piece called ‘Do Not Disturb’.

There was an historic lecture at the Riverbank Arts Center which also drew a good crowd as well as a sucessful exhibition by local artist Maeve Clancy.

- Paula Campbell