Clonakilty gets set to party with Street Carnival

June 10th, 2016 9:50 PM

By Kieran O'Mahony

At last week's Carnival launch were Jim Daly TD Andrew Medcalf, (Inchydoney Lodge and Spa), Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin, Michelle Mitton, Richy Virahsawmy, (Richy's Bar and Bistro), Cllr Christopher O'Sullivan, Andrew Loane, (Wood Fired Pizza) and Kevin O'Regan. (Photo: Dermot Sulli

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CLONAKILTY will be a sea of bunting at next month’s Street Carnival with plenty of attractions to suit young and old, the launch was told last week. 

Speaking at the event, held in O’Donovan’s Hotel last Thursday, Kevin O’Regan of the Carnival Committee praised both the spirit and the patience of the people of Clonakilty, following months of upheaval due to resurfacing and drainage works. 

He also thanked Council officials and former members of the town council for their help in getting the new streetscape off the ground.

‘Without sponsorship, this festival would not happen and the goodwill for this event has been overwhelming and there is an appetite for it. People want to celebrate the completion of the street works,’ said Kevin. ‘Some of our main sponsors include multinational company Arkil – who completed the resurfacing and drainage works – Clona Dairies, Cork County Council and Clonakilty Chamber members too, and we want to thank everyone for helping in funding this event. 

‘It’s a community of businesses, not all, but a lot, and I encourage those not involved to please do.’

Local five-piece group, One Voice, provided the musical entertainment on the evening and guests included local Fine Gael TD Jim Daly, Cllr Noel O’Donovan and President of Clonakilty Chamber, Cllr Christopher O’Sullivan.

Cllr O’Sullivan also premiered a new video, backed by Clonakilty Chamber, promoting Clonakilty as a food destination.

Taking place from 9am to 9pm on Saturday June 11th, one of the highlights of the Street Carnival will be Clonakilty’s longest dinner party, which will see 15 of the town’s top restaurants serving food along Pearse Street. 

There will also be a Family Fun Zone, which includes bouncy castles, soft ball pit, giant Jenga, balloon modeling, face painting and plenty of other activities. There will be a variety of walkabout entertainment including performances from stilt walker Miss Defy and a variety of interactive acts by Monsieur Gusto. 

Clonakilty Brass Band will provide musical entertainment on the day and local band The B-Positives will play on the main stage that night.

Volunteers are also needed to help with the organisation and anyone interested is asked to email Kevin O’Regan at  [email protected]

See ‘Clonakilty Street Carnival’ on Facebook for more.

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