Mini 'Dunbrody festival returning to New Ross

By David Looby

Published 18/04/2015 | 16:24

District Manager Sinéad Casey
District Manager Sinéad Casey

A NEW summer festival and spectacular Christmas lights show will be funded by a €100,000 plus festival budget.

Councillors heard at the monthly meeting of New Ross Municipal District that a festival, provisionally entitled 'New Ross Summer Festival' will take place on Saturday, July 4 to mark Irish America Day.

District Manager Sinead Casey suggested spending €31,000 on it in its first year. Described by Cllr Anthony Connick as a 'mini Dunbrody Festival', the final details of the event are still being finalised, but Ms Casey said it would be a big event for the town and area.

She said it is being planned in conjunction with Experience New Ross & Hook Peninsula.

'The proposal is to revive a summer festival around the fourth of July and to keep the whole Kennedy theme. It's a smaller version of the Dunbrody Festival. We'll start on a small scale with local groups and activities on the quay.'

Ms Casey said she would update councillors on more detail about the event at next month's meeting.

District Manager Eamonn Hore said: 'We are the only main town in the county now that doesn't have a summer festival. We had the Dunbrody Festival for many years and for various reasons that took a back seat.'

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