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Village Carnival takes place in Newmarket on Fergus from Friday August 26th to Sunday the 28th. The free 3 day festival celebrates Music, Arts and Heritage in the village which was recently named one of the Top 10 Destinations in Ireland by TripAdvisor! Village Carnival is an all inclusive family festival that encourages involvement and volunteering from all ages in the community.

Something for the Little Ones! : Kicking off on Friday evening from 6pm to 8pm at O’ Regan Park Playground and Recreation Area with entertainment for all the family. Come along for a colourful display from a performer at Galway Community Circus, Bubble Disco with DJ Bubbles, Bean Bag Toss, Juggling, Hula Hooping and Face Painting all to be enjoyed in this award winning playground. Children are encouraged to dress as their favourite cartoon character or superhero and there will be a special prize for the best effort!

Open Air Gig : Our headline act for Saturdays “Live on The Green” is the spectacular showman that is Jerry Fish, who brings his Electric Sideshow to the village! A platinum selling artist, Jerry has been a household name in the Irish music industry since the ’90s when he fronted An Emotional Fish (known for hit single ‘Celebrate’) and his later jazz project Jerry Fish & the Mudbug Club who had a worldwide hit with “True Friends”. In his latest guise he has gained worldwide renown for his theatrical cabaret performances and has proven to be a real crowdpleaser for all ages. Support on the night comes from the much acclaimed Paddy Dennehy and the Red Herring. Touted as “ones to watch” for 2016, they created a lot of buzz when they appeared on the The Late Late Show earlier this year performing their single ‘Hard Times’. They have since gone on to capture the attention of Irish audiences with their exceptional song writing and their talented folk-jazz musicians showcasing a variety of influences from Tom Waits, Louis Armstrong to Hosier. As with every year Village Carnival continues to support Irish and local talent and will have Mister Sister opening the event on the evening.

100 Years of Heritage : Sundays relaxed Heritage Day takes place in the wonderful Mooghaun Hillfort as part of Heritage Week 2016 with the theme this year being 100 years of our heritage!! The 1916 Commemoration features prominently at Village Carnival with a look back at traditional skills of the time such as butter churning. There’s a chance for the little ones to become Heritage Detectives by taking part in a Mooghaun Gold treasure hunt as well as a simulated Outdoor Archaeology School  for the young people interested in getting their hands dirty! Bring the children along for a fairy walk in the woods or listen to the Seanchaí Eddie Lenihan tell tales in the Ring Fort. Bring the children along for a Biodiversity Walk through this beautiful woodland or discover the wild in Mooghaun with a Foraging Kitchen demonstration.

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For enquiries call (061) 368030 or email villagecarnival@obair.org