‘Do or die’ appeal to keep Laois Festival of the Mountain alive

The Festival of the Mountain is at risk of coming to an end after 50 years

Michelle Hogan

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Michelle Hogan

‘Do or die’ appeal to keep Laois Festival of the Mountain alive

Rosenallis Festival of the Mountain 2017 Facebook.

The popular Festival of the Mountain which has been running in Laois for over half a century is now at risk of coming to an end. 

The Rosenallis Development Association/Festival of the Mountain Committee are appealing for support to keep the 50 year old plus festival alive.

A meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 15 at 9pm in the Community Centre, Rosenallis to decide the fate of this year's Festival of the Mountain.

The festival is scheduled for Sunday July 1 at The Festival Field in Rosenallis, but it will only go ahead if members of the wider Laois community can show up and show their support for organising the stalls and to share ideas for the festival. 

Kevin Lalor-Fitzpatrick is the PRO for the festival committee.

"The community support now seems to be dwindling down and lacking where it used to be. We are trying to keep it alive.

“If you wish to see the festival continue after it's 50 years plus run, your attendance and support at this meeting is vital as it's do or die time for the festival.

"Our fear is that if it goes this year it won’t be back. Your urgent support would be greatly appreciated.

“There is strength in numbers, we are inviting people to join the committee or even just come along with an idea for the festival,” he said.

Anyone with an idea for a stall, game or promotion of any kind should attend the meeting.

There is always a good turnout on the day of the festival which continues to attract crowds from all over the county.

The committee cannot put their finger on why the support has died down.

“People have other things to do and there is so much going on now but we appeal for people in Rosenallis and surrounding areas to come to the meeting,” Mr Lalor Fitzpatrick added.

Anyone who is interested in getting involved can contact Kevin Lalor Fitzpatrick at 087 9614235. 

Last year was a great success, the festival was opened by the 2017 Laois Rose Maeve Dunne. Rock on Paddy entertained the crowds while the Queen and King of the Mountain were crowned. 

There was a wheel of fortune, a dog show, children's race, tug of war competition, fancy dress, bouncing castles, art competitions, refreshments and more. 

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