Moyvane Notes – 25th October, 2005

Moyvane is hosting its 15th Village Festival, which is going from strength to strength from Friday October 28th Monday, October 31st . a packed programme of event to suit all tastes and ages is to offer.

The festival kicks off on Friday night with a Celi Mor, music by the Seamus Sheehy Band. On Saturday night at 8.15pm, in our local Marian hall, the 2nd Boro Buffet will be held. This is a celebration of local cuisine and produce. In its inaugural year its was a gourmet delight and a great social event. Admission by ticket only available from all committee members. Sunday is an action packed family day starting with the Vintage Display, which is in its 6th year. There will be working displays of stationary engines and the famous thresher will be in action, weather permitting. Last year there were over 100 exhibits. While the adults are entertained, the children will have the bouncing G.A.A pitch, there will be 2 North Kerry Championships games held. Sunday evening a local concert will be held in conjunction with a “Queen of the Boro” pageant.

A guest of honour on the night, it is a great privilege to have a famous grandson of one our parishioners among us- none other than the world renowned “Tadgh Kennelly.

Monday sees the hunt season kick-off at 12 noon. It is a spectacular sight to see approximately 60 horses and 50 hounds traverse the dales and dells of the parish. At 2pm the soccer club will host a match in its newly opened pitch. Teams to be announced later. At 5pm the rambling house with various local talent will be held in Mairead’s bar. Closing our festival we have a junior disco from 7-9 with our local D.J Declan.

There will be nightly entertainment in all the local bars.

The festival over the 15years has been greatly supported by all the businesses in the parish and beyond. This is very much appreciated by committee as this is the main source of income for projects carried out in the parish. Some of the notable achievements in the past have been:

The prize taking woodland walk

Festival and Christmas lighting

Continuous increase of marks in Tidy Towns competition since 2001.

This year the main focus is on the restoration of the local lime kiln. With kind permission of the landowners, Pat and Bridie Hayes, it has been possible to preserve this unique piece of our farming heritages. The burning of lime in kerry goes back to the 12th/13th century.

We are very grateful to Tuatha Chiarrai, Leader, Shannon Development, North Kerry Walks and Kerry County Council for their funding and help in our many projects.