Friday, July 12, 2019

THIS year’s Comeraghs Wild Festival is set to be a feast of fun with record crowds expected to turn out for the 27 events which will run until Sunday.

Don Mescall takes to the stage this evening at Mahon Falls with the Mount Sion Choir for what promises to be a magical musical evening deep in the mountains. Those attending are asked to car pool where possible as parking is limited and are reminded that the stage is a 15 minute walk from the parking area.

Festival spokesperson, Bernadette Drohan, expects large crowds for the long-awaited 40th anniversary showband special featuring Gina and the Champions with special guest, Ronan Collins, in Kilmacthomas on Sunday, July 14.

“Gina performed with the band for the first time in Kilmacthomas 40 years ago this year. We’re delighted to have the band back. There’s huge excitement too about Brass & Co. It’s all shaping up to be a really great evening and the perfect closing event for what is looking like our best Comeraghs Wild Festival ever.”

Thrill-seekers will revel in surfing sessions, a white-knuckle descent in the Nire Valley and more while for culture vultures, there’s creative writing, a Famine walk, afternoon tea at Curraghmore House, Dancing at the Crossroads and storytelling with one of Ireland’s most popular story tellers, Eddie Lenihan.

Younger revellers in particular will enjoy sea gardening with Marie Power, aka ‘The Sea Gardener’, the free Arty Crafty events at Kilmacthomas Library and Sand Art on Kilmurrin Cove.

The OldVelos Vintage Classic cycling festival means Kilmacthomas in particular will be a hive of activity across the weekend. It encourages cyclists to enjoy West Waterford’s lesser known byways and boreens on their classic bikes, High-Nellys or lightweight racers.

Activities begin on Saturday with a free exhibition, Concours d’Elegance and bike jumble sale. A leisurely 25-mile ‘Twine and Tweed’ run by Rebike takes riders on a leisurely route to historic Curraghmore House to enjoy a picnic on the lawn.

On Sunday the more adventurous riders can challenge themselves on OldVelos’ new 35 and 65mile cycles around West Waterford.  The start and finish of both events and the bike expo is at Coach House Coffee on the Waterford Greenway.

The Mount Sion Choir is to perform live in the Comeragh Mountains at the foot of Mahon Falls with Don Mescall as part of the Comeraghs Wild Festival this evening. Picture: Patrick Browne

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