Bunclody streams into festive weekend mood

Young street performers bring life to the Streams of Bunclody Festival last summer.

Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy and Cathaoirleach Cllr Willie Kavanagh, who launched the Streams of Bunclody Festival, found time to relax afterwards at Bunclody’s famous Mall.

The Alice theme from the wonderful magic world of Lewis Carroll has set hearts alight in Bunclody and there was a large turnout that consisted of street performance in parade signalling the opening of the second annual Streams of Bunclody Festival in the town this evening.
“The festival has started from small beginnings at its inaugural event last year which was a tremendous success,” said Cllr Willie Kavanagh, Cathaoirleach, Enniscorthy Municipal District Council, who performed the official opening in The Square, and he added; “The hard working committee have pulled out all the stops this year again with an exciting programme.”
Cllr Kavanagh said he was delighted that Enniscorthy Municipal District Council continues its association as a sponsor for “this most important festival event which illustrates how local government, businesses and community can work in partnership for the betterment of the Bunclody area.”
Former councillor and artist, Deirdre Wadding, was given a warm reception when she performed the official opening of the South East Festival of Arts exhibition at the Art Bank on the Main Street.
Tomorrow (Saturday) and activities take place in the Market Square from 11 am to 6 pm, including artisan food and craft stalls, a Blackstairs Farming Showcase, and the ‘Bring Your Own Chair’ workshop with Michelle Browne, who is a visual artist, curator and lecturer based in Dublin.
‘Bring Your Own Chair’ is a portrait of 12 rural towns in the South-East region, including four in Co. Wexford – Ballyhack, Taghmon, Bunclody and Courtown.
There are stories for children in Bunclody Library (11 -12 am) and at 7.30 pm theatre at St. Aidan’s Hall – a romantic period musical drama called ‘Across Blue Waters’, inspired by the events of 1798, written and crafted by Dublin singer-songwriter Paul Redmond. Admission is €15.
Sunday is ‘Alice in Bunclody Day’ with fantasy croquet, magical Mad Hatters Tea Party and plenty for the family in the grounds of Bunclody Vocational School.
The Festival Finale happens between 4.30 pm and 6 pm on Sunday and there is a second night of the drama ‘Across Blue Waters’.
Bunclody is colourful and exciting for the weekend and hopes are high that large numbers will visit the town and share in the excitement and entertainment.

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