Miriam to open Iberius field day in Johnstown
The well-known television presenter Miriam O'Callaghan will officially open this year's St. Iberius family field day taking place in Johnstown Castle on bank holiday Monday, August 6, starting at 2pm.
The popular field day which attracts hundreds of people, is one of the main fundraisers for St. Iberius Church on Wexford's Main Street which is undergoing restoration.
'St. Iberius Church needs so much work for its restoration that we can only hope to approach it bit by bit and year by year' said Reverend Arthur Minion.
'The problems we are having on the outside of the building must be addressed before we can hope to carry out an interior decoration', he said.
'Each year, the money we raise helps to chip away at the loan that was necessary for the restoration of the church tower following emergency health and safety issues in 2012,' said the Wexford rector.
'Last year's proceeds also managed to help with the replacement of the concrete plaster with the recommended lime plaster that was there originally, to the right of the tower facing North Main Street'.
'The top right hand window was also restored in this phase and plans are underway to restore the remaining seven windows facing North Main Street and the installation of a permanent wheelchair access to the church.'
Reverend Minion said he and the Select Vestry appreciate all the work that parishioners and their friends put into the field day and he also thanked the staff of Johnstown Castle for the use of the beautiful grounds.
A free bus is available through the kind sponsorship of Ardcavan Coaches, which brings people to the field day and home again, starting at 1.30p.m. from the Talbot Hotel and proceeeding to stops at Wexford Railway Station, Clonard Church and St Aidan's Shopping Centre. The bus will leave the Castle grounds at 5pm, returning to the same locations.
Visitors to the field day can enjoy a tea tent and barbecue and shop at stalls selling, cakes, ice-cream, country produce, books, toys and ladies accessories and buy tickets for cake and firewood raffles. Popular annual attractions also include a Wheel of Fortune, Pongo, Tric-a-Tron, Pony Rides, Golf Game, Treasure Hunt, Face & Nail Painting,, Penalty Shoot Out, Horse Racing Game, Feed Me Game and Fish-the-Bottle The St. Iberius Pet Dog Show will start at 2.30pm and entries are invited in the following classes, with prizes and rosettes awarded: 1.Best small dog/bitch, 2.Best large dog/bitch, 3.Best puppy 6-12months, 4.Best veteran dog/bitch, 5.Best child handler (National School age), 6.Best cross bred small dog/bitch,7.Best cross bred large dog/bitch,8.Best gun dog/bitch. 9.Best trick by dog/bitch,10.Most obedient dog/bitch (walk at heel, sit, stay, lie down-all on lead), 11.Waggiest tail,12.Best Fancy Dress dog/bitch,13.Best Terrier dog/bitch,14.Best Rescue dog/bitch,15.Best dog/bitch never to have won a 1st. Prize, 16.Dog/bitch most like its owner,17.Dog/bitch the judge would most like to take home.Champion: Best in Show.Reserve Champion: Reserve Best in Show. The draw for the raffle will take place on the field at 4pm. Miriam O'Callaghan will officially declare the event open while the Master of Ceremonies is Cllr. George Lawlor who will make all the field announcements.