Damhsa Fest 09 – DAY 5 – SATURDAY JULY 25TH

November 23, 2009


The Carrigaline Craft and Food Fair in the Owenabue Car Park began early on Saturday morning with the car park being closed off to traffic. The following were on display over the weekend –

Food Producers

  • Carrigaline Country Markets – produce was on sale.
  • Carrigaline Farmhouse Cheese – promotional material was on display.
  • Crow’s Nest, Cobh – roasted a pig on a spit and sold to the public.
  • Lordon’s Farm – produce was on display.
  • Griffin’s Farm – a very imaginative and impressive display of their product range of mainly potatoes. Many have forgotten how much can be done with potatoes.
  • O’Connail Chocolate – their stall would have in danger of being blown away, so had to abandon the idea.

Craft workers

  • Veronica Stuart & other Lace Makers – large impressive crafts on display and information available from the team of lace makers.
  • Bee Keeping – information stand and some craft articles made from bees wax on display. A workshop and demonstration were given by Pat Linehan.
  • CAN (Carrigaline Arts Network) Artists – the windy and wet conditions made it difficult to display.
  • John McCarthy (a young artist) – craft on display and for sale.
  • Kinsale Arts and Crafts – Jeweller craft produce display and for sale.

Clubs and organisations

  • Owenabue Archery – information stand and members assisted the public to try using their bow & arrows to hit a target.
  • Carrigaline Youth Club – made some cakes etc for sale
  • Damhsa Fest – information on the festivals activities

Entertainment activities

  • Bouncing Castle
  • Large inflated slide
  • Merry-go-round
  • Shooting Gallery
  • Balloon Stall
  • Dog Show, sponsored by Pet Essentials
  • A number of local bands performed and entertained the passing crowds as well as the exhibitors.
  • Local restaurants offered to be involved and associated with the weekend festival.

Cork City + Dance Extravaganza

In Cork City, Kabluchok entertained the lunch time audience outside of the Cork City Library on Grand Parade. Later on the Saturday night was the Dance Extravaganza Concert in Cork City Hall, the final concert and the highlight of the festival. It was the largest crowd in City Hall that the festival has seen since the European Capital of Culture in 2005. 6 groups performed for receptive audience – Kupalo, Kabluchok, Jugnu Bhangra, Owenabue Valley, Kiely Walsh Academy of Dance and the Filipino Community in Cork. The Festival Club held in the Millennium Hall allowed the performers to let their hair down, exchange each other’s dances and mix with the other group along with members of the public.

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