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Clonakilty Carnival making waves with marine theme

May 23rd, 2019 5:10 PM

By Southern Star Team

Launching the Clonakilty Street Carnival were Tom O'Regan, Leah Virahsawmy, Leona Virahsawmy, Laura Virahsawmy and Ben Coffey. (Photo: Dermot Sullivan)

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THE fourth annual Clonakilty Street Carnival will take place on Saturday June 15th and will have a maritime theme. 

In association with Irish Yogurts, an exciting day of free entertainment runs from 11am until 8.30pm and will again include the popular street dinner party. 

Highlighting its location by the sea, the street feast, by local restaurants, will serve seafood that’s caught locally.

As the country’s first autism friendly town, as part of the Family Fun Zone and assisted by the Autism Awareness Group and Sensational Kids, a sensory and quiet area has been added to carnival. Organiser of the family area, Michelle Mitton said: ‘We see this as an important new addition to the carnival. We wanted to provide as much fun for the children who find some of the noisier elements too much. As Ireland’s first autism friendly town we are always striving to be inclusive of all our community.’

 The town will be fully pedestrianised from 9am until 9pm with live music, a kids zone with supervised bouncy castles, face painting, magicians, bubbles and popcorn machines (Ashe Street), as well as giant games, ping pong, crazy golf and more.

Up  to 1,200 people will be served at the carnival dinner party, set along the main street starting at 3pm offering €15 adult meals and €7 children’s meals. Places are limited and tickets are available locally or on www.clonakilty.ie.

Diarmuid O’Sullivan, Managing Director, Irish Yogurts Clonakilty, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, said: ‘We are delighted to once again support the Clonakilty Street Carnival as platinum sponsor. This successful event takes on a new theme this year to celebrate our location by the sea as well as the great food in and around our town.’

Kevin O’Regan, Clonakilty Carnival Committee, added: ‘The Clonakilty Street Carnival is set to be another fantastic festival event for our town.  

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