Kilmore Quay gears up for seafood festival
THE OFFICIAL opening of the annual Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival - the 28th event of its kind - takes place at 8 p.m. at the top of the old pier on Thursday, July 4.
During the week thousands of people are expected to flock to the village for an ecelctic mix of entertainment, competitions, great craic and arguably for the best seafood in Ireland.
But the annual Festival of Seafood means much more to the area than just a week of entertainment and fun.
The Community Development Association introduced the first festival in 1985 and since its inception the proceeds from them invested in the community to help the development of social, recreational, sporting and tourist amenities.
This vision and subsequent developments have enabled our community to provide the wonderful facilities and amenities that you enjoy. You are welcome to the services and facilities in our Stella Maris Community Centre; experience the unique beauty of the community owned lands on Ballyteige Burrow with its walkways; take a walk along the sea front promenade leading to the Memorial Trail and Garden and continue to the boardwalk on to the sand dunes; you can stop off at our impressive and award winning children's playground. The sport and recreational grounds at Crossfarnoge are also available.
These represent the extraordinary achievement of voluntary effort, participation and commitment of this community and beyond. It has been underpinned by the enthusiasm of the Seafood Festival Committee, the many volunteers, residents and local groups from far and wide.
Your participation and support, in whatever way you can, will help the ongoing work to develop our village with its unique character and we will reap the rewards of another successful Festival in 2013.