THE 24th annual Leixlip Festival will get going in two days time and promises plenty of street entertainment for children.
Bernard Caldwell, now in his 18th year as chairperson of Festival committee said they have a huge amount of acts in the festival ranging from Brazilian samba dancers to Willie McClown, otherwise known as Neville Wiltshire, who has been attending for 24 years.
Events will begin on Thursday night and the Festival will finish on Monday.
Mr. Caldwell said he believes the Festival Committee, which along with volunteers – more are welcome provided they are over 18 – numbers thirty people, will be able to garner the approximate €35,000 they need to run the event.
The Town Councillor has been critical of some in the past for now paying what he believes is a fair share. “People who make money out of the festival should pay a fair share. Some have been a bit slow,” he said.
In 2012 at a meeting of the Town Council, Mr. Caldwell cast some doubt on whether they would have a festival at all last year because of funding problems that never came to pass and sufficient aid was offered. “We are proud of our achievements,” said Mr. Caldwell, who in his guise as an amateur meteorologist, has predicted sunshine for the weekend. What are his scientific qualifications, the Leader asked. “I’m not going to tell you that. You’d never believe me,” said the man who suggested in the past that the committee had a direct line to God.
Street carnival and outdoor activities, including music by Steely Booley and the Jazz Freaks are included in the line up.
Historian, Seamus Kelly will do village history tours and the Sunday night fireworks display is scheduled for the Liffey banks at 10.30pm.
Leixlip and District Angling Association are running a competition this Friday evening, 31 May, and an open dog show will take place between 3-5pm on Saturday, 1 June, at Arthur Guinness Square.
The town’s Main Street, from Pound Street junction to
the traffic lights at Captain’s Hill, will be closed on Saturday 1June from 1pm-10pm and on Sunday the 2 June from 1pm-to midnight.
Arthur Guinness Square (Main Street carpark) is closed from 7am Saturday 1 June to 8pm on Monday 3 June.
For full details, see the festival’s web site: www.leixlipfestival.com
- Henry Bauress