The sun shone for the Festival of the Mountain took place on Sunday, June 29.
The weather makes the day, if the sun shines they will come and that’s exactly what they did, the crowds in attendance made the day.
There were some interesting attractions and some old favourites too. The day started with the Children’s Fancy dress competition which was won by Harry Molloy aged two who was Superman and Hannah Mahon aged six who came as Queen of the Mountain. The Rosenallis ICA ladies kindly provided tea and refreshments while many took a chance on the Wheel of Fortune.
The organisers would like to thank the Clonaslee ICA branch and John who came to the assistance of the committee, you generosity was greatly appreciated.
The Glamorous Grany competition sponsored by W.H. Deverell Oil Ltd. was held with Bridgie Young from Clonaslee getting the beautiful prize. Theey had a welcome return visit from last year’s Queen of the Mountain 2013 Tanya Kane who assisted in presenting this year’s Queen. There was a beautiful line up of ladies and Martina Ryan, Ballyfin was crowned Queen of the Mountain 2014 which was sponsored by Clonaslee Pharmacy.
The Bonny Baby competition was a great attraction as always with three categories of beautiful babies with their mothers. The King of the Mountain competition sponsored by Clonaslee Pharmacy had an unusual entrant, a goat was entered but the prize went to Ross Mahon, Rosenallis who was crowned King of the Mountain 2014.
The day was filled with fun with guess the weight of the Llama, fish dish, a Donkey Derby which was won by Niall Doolan. We had Raven Haven Aviaries breeders and exhibitors of native birds & birds of prey also a model farm collection which was a wonderful representation of rural life. There was a collection of fowl including peacock’s and unusual breeds of birds which were enjoyed by young and old. The bouncing castles provided by Megabounce were thoroughly enjoyed by the children had great fun on the slides and playing basketball.
The Dog show drew a brilliant crowd with many entrants in all five categories with overall champion going to ‘Rua’ owned by Tracie. The Children’s races were great fun with family and friends cheering them from the side lines. T
he Monica Hyland Perpetual Plaque was awarded to Annette Dwyer on winning the mother’s race. Eoin Conroy won the father’s race. Children’s face painting was provided by Macra Na Feirme, with hair being done by Laura McEvoy. Loom bands and Tatoo’s were available too. The Tug of War completed the day with 3 teams competing for the WR Shaw Ltd. Cup the winner’s after an exciting pull against Rosenallis were O’Loughlin’s Hotel, Portloaise tug of war team.
The committee would like to thank all the sponsors for making this day possible your support enabled us to run this traditional family event.
They also thank Judges Bert and Caroline, they make the job look easy, thank you for continued support.
“We’ve had a great day, the weather makes it. I want to thank our sponsors, the hard working committee who do a great job every year and the people who come each year,” said Seamus McDonald Chairman.
Fancy Dress Boy: Harry Molloy ‘superman’, Fancy Dress Girl: Hannah Mahon ‘Queen of the mountain’. Glamorous Grany: Bridgie Young, Clonaslee. Bonny Baby U1 Girls 1st Aoife Daly 2nd Grace Murphy. Boys U1 1st Martin Barry 2nd Michael Clear. U2 Girls 1st Ciara Redmond 2nd Ella Murphy, U2 Boys 1st Darren Murphy 2nd Robbie Molloy. U3 Girls 1st Lily Murphy 2nd Kelly-Ann Farrell, Boys 1st Mark McDonnell 2nd Ryan Bennett. Queen of the Mountain: Martina Ryan, Ballyfin. King of the Mountain: Ross Mahon, Rosenallis. Guess the weight of the Llama: Jointly won guessing 180KG Martha Bennett & Mr. Grehan. Dog Show: Gun Dog: 1st ‘Belle’ by Robbie, 2nd ‘Pixie’ by Emma 3rd ‘Billie’ by Amanda. Small Dog: 1st ‘Misha’ by Hannah 2nd ‘Charlie’ by Joanna 3rd ‘Millie’ by Aoife. Large Dog: 1st ‘Rua’ by Tracie 2nd ‘Upa’ by Kevin 3rd ‘Bubsy’ by Colin. Family Pet: 1st ‘Leyla’ by Oisin 2nd ‘Sally’ by Adam 3rd ‘Misha’ by Hannah. Cutest Dog led by U12: 1st ‘Sally’ by Brian 2nd Bubsy’ by Colin 3rd ‘Leyla’ by Oisin. Reserve Champion: ‘Misha’ by Lily & Hannah and Overall Champion ‘Rua’ by Tracie. Children’s Races: U4 Boys 1st Conor Flanagan 2nd Cillian Dunne 3rd Conor Brennan. U4 Girls 1st Grace Dunne 2nd Mia Rowan 3rd Sophie Doran. U6 Boys 1st Ian Dunne 2nd Seamus Poole 3rd Duithi Peake/Owen O’Loughlin. U6 Girls 1st Annie Dunne 2nd Ava Rowan 3rd Eimear Redmond. U8 Boys 1st Conor Whelan 2nd James Dunne 3rd Henius Dunne. U8 Girls 1st Niamh Peake 2nd Saoirse Glynn 3rd Aoife Dunne. U10 Girls 1st Ellen Conroy 2nd Emma Dunne 3rd Orla Whelan. U10 Boys 1st James Hyland 2nd Colin Bennett 3rd Eoin Sharpe. U12 Boys 1st Peter Dunne 2nd Gearoid Dempsey 3rd Conor Clancy. U12 Girls 1st Ava Lawlor 2nd Chloe Dwyer/Caitlin Dunne 3rd Emma Dunne. U14 Boys 1st David McKane 2nd Conor Cosgrove 3rd John Redmond. U14 Girls 1st Kiahra Dempsey 2nd Annie Dignam 3rd Caitlin Dunne. U16 Boys 1st Gearoid Dempsey 2nd David McKane 3rd Conor Cosgrove. U16 Girls 1st Kiahra Dempsey 2nd Mary Conroy 3rd Aoibhinn Lawlor. Mother’s Race 1st Annette Dwyer 2nd Martina Marron 3rd Pauline Conroy. Father’s Race 1st Eoin Conroy 2nd Larry Kiernan 3rd Darren Bennett. Tug of War : O’Loughlin’s Hotel tug of war team, Portloaise. Children’s Art Competition: Jnr./Snr. Class 1st Aoibheann Murphy 2nd Enda Feighery 3rd Zach McCarthy. Highly Commended Scott Kelly Judge’s Award: Hannah Mahon. 1st/2nd Class 1st Kiera Poole 2nd Caoimhe Egan 3rd Amy Conroy H.C. Aimee Cuddy J.A. Kelly Lalor. 3rd/4th Class 1st Orla Whelan 2nd Eoin McEvoy 3rd Ellen Conroy H.C. Clodagh Conroy J.A. Fionn Kempster. 5th/6th Class 1st Eimer Feighery 2nd Muireann Dunne 3rd Tara Poole H.C. Chloe Reynolds. Aloe Vera Prizes 1st Audrey Fitzpatrick 2nd Caroline Flanagan. Festival Committee Draw: 1st Amy Bennett - Food Hamper 2nd Joe Hyland - supervalu Hamper 3rd Caroline Piggott - Kiddiecare hamper 4th Mrs. Goulding - M.J. Dunne. Flowers & Plants : Adrian O’Carroll, William Corbett, Clodagh Phelan, Elaine O’Rourke & Joe Hyland. Congratulations to all our winners.