There was great excitement in Rosenallis on Sunday with the Festival of the Mountain’s 50th Anniversary celebration whic was kicked off with Senator David Norris sounding the siren for the Glenbarrow Hill Race.
The 11km run passed the beautiful Glenbarrow waterfall and the new Broad walks in Capard returning to the Festival Field. Senator Norris led the children’s fancy dress parade to the main stand for judging. The official festival opening was attended by with Senator Norris, Laois County Council Cathaoirleach John Bonham, Cllr David Goodwin, Cllr Seamus McDonald, Mr Larry McLoughlin, Fr. T Walshe, Mr Albert Thompson, Mr Pat Fitzpatrick and all committee members.
Pat Fitzpatrick a past member of the Festival committee spoke about the history of the festival from the beginning when Fr Kennedy started the festival and what a tribute it was to the work of volunteers and the great achievement it was to continue today. He mentioned how things didn’t always go to plan but the festival has still been enjoyed for years.
Festival Chairman Cllr Seamus McDonald spoke about the hard work of the committees past and present. He thanked each and everyone of them. Senator David Norris then spoke and gave a very detailed history of his connections with Laois and surrounding areas, and how delighted he was to attend such an event.
Mr Larry McLoughlin recalled the historic tug of war pull that lasted two and a half hours and how it should be in the Guinness Book of Records.Following a presentation to Senator Norris on behalf of the committee of A Century of Rosenallis Parish 1900-1999, the senator Norris cut the ribbon on the 50th Festival.
The weather was good with sunshine for most of the day with nearly 2,000 people in attendance, senator Norris stayed till late evening welcoming the crowds and even assisted in the running of some competitions, during the Glamorous Grany competition he called for a doctor to do a ‘Grany Test’ when none appeared, he sought confirmation from the ladies grandson which he duly advised she was his Grany but when Senator Norris enquired about her cooking skills the Grandson stated she was a bad cook to the amusement of the crowds.
The Rosenallis ICA Guild provided much enjoyed refreshments, many prizes were won on the wheel of fortune, The Dog show sponsored by Glanbia in Mountmellick was a great success with ‘Mia’ owned by Conor Garry as overall winner. The art competition sponsored by Mountmellick Credit Union made a colorful display with winners presented by Judge Emer Ní Cáithin.
The committee thanked would like to thank the following, the judges Margaret Fitzpatrick, Sheila Yates, Emer Ní Cáithan and Emma Barone did a great job,
Mountmellick Macra were thanked for face painting and games for the children as was Noel Delaney from Megabounce for his use of the marque. Declan Cuddy & staff at Cuddy’s Kitchen’s & Carpentary, Telfords of Portloaise, Mhuirt Kelly, Seamus Bennett and Eamonn Doolan for the organisation of the Tug of War, to Ber Kelly and K-flowers, Tullamore for the beautiful Floral Display, Bert and Caroline from the Garden Centre in Clonaslee. Ned Farrell was also thanked.
Cllr McDonald thanked the committee for their hard in making the Festival an enjoyable day. Most of all he thanked the public for supporting the Festival each year
If interested in helping run the next festival please watch the paper/newsletter for notices on meetings and come along.
See Rosenallis Notes for Festival winners.