Kilmore celebrates its seafood with popular festival
THE rain came down on Thursday night as the 31st Kilmore Seafood Festival was launched, but it didn't dampen the spirits of those gathered to celebrate an event that has become of the best of its kind in the country.
While the focus was definitely on the fruits of the sea, the festival has a much broader appeal, with sea kayaking, a sand castle competition, a children's disco and sunset yoga among the many attractions, while there was live music at Kehoe's Pub, Kilmore Quay Lodge and Mary's Barry's.
Camogie star Katrina Parrock officially opened the festival on the Quay front, with Alan Corcoran and Fr Denis Doyle the comperes.
For those interested in learning some local history, Jim Hurley presented a lecture on Kilmore Rocks - an introduction to the bedrock geology of the parish.
Over the weekend were were harbour stalls at the marina, selling everything from curios to cloth caps and the odd rain coat too - just for the fair weather sailors, while there were photographic and art exhibitions at the Stella Maris Centre, a teddy bears' picnic, a 'fish challenge' yacht race, a nature walk and more sea kayaking, the festival 5km and sea shanties with the Molgoggers.
The festival 'ceili more' took place on the Quay on Sunday, while there was live music with 'The Submersibles' and of course the festival raffle draw.
Fringe events included The Quay Notes Choir, a local a capella group which performed a selection of songs from their repertoire, a seafood platter competition and a bridge competition.
All in all it was a very succesful event and plans are already being made for the 32nd next year.