This year by the skin of teeth we held the 19th year of the Chapelizod festival, for a few weeks it was touch and go if we would hold a festival this year, we settled on a one day combined opening and sports day and made sure the dates didn’t clash with the world cup matches. Then the planning kicked off and we spread the word about our slimmed down event, this spurred two volunteers to join up, so we could expand beyond one day. We focused this year on the younger members of the community. The Family fun day/sports day, took most of the planning. Most other day events were organised by individuals or community groups.
We spilt the day into a few main areas: Displays upstairs in Donore Harriers, Music and fun in the area outside the club house, the track and playing fields. The display by the stitching and craft group upstairs in Donore showcased the talent that we are proud to have in the village. The Historical Society, brought journals from the village Friendly Society, that predated the act of credit union, this enabled members of the village to save, borrow and cover personal costs. It was fascinating for me to see family names carry from the journal to this generation of villagers.
The scouts and Dublin City Council did a great job on the obstacle course and water dunking. Lots of competition for personal bests on the day. Susan Barry from Palmerstown Veterinary clinic gave her time to do the face painting. Councillor Vincent Jackson gave a lovely speech on the festival and community. The blessing by Fr. Daly PP and Rev Adrien was a nice start of the day for us and encouraged the sun to come out later in the day. PASO and our MC Peter Kavanagh kept us in good spirits with the tunes flowing for the day and kept the programme for the day on track. Congratulations to the all the bonnie babies and entries to the fancy dress parade. A great addition to the festival this year was Care Bear and Clare Bear, who proved very popular with the children. Fresh and Funky dance group gave demo of their skill.
The running and fun races went ahead despite the odd rain shower on the track and there were plenty of close finishes to be seen. The usual mixture of races to suit all ages and skills were on again this year. The parent’s sack race was specular this year. Well done to everyone who took part and cheered. The day finished off with the tug a war, my favourite event, with some bragging rights restored for another year.
There wouldn’t be a festival without the work put in by members of the committee, supporters and by all those attending. This is a local festival and in 2015 we will be celebrating 20 years of the festival and we would like to make next year’s festival the best yet. We need your help and support. If you are a member of a club, business or know of a way you can support the festival, please get in contact with me Tom Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep an eye out for some event through the year that will support the festival.
This year we ran the festival with limited sponsorship, but got great support from Gill Mac Millan, Turner Printing, APCO Landscaping, Slimming World, Palmerstown Vet, Redz Hairdressing, The Mullingar House, Spar, Kelly’s Newsagent, Dublin City Council, Chapelizod Pharmacy, Trophies2u.ie, Pink.ie, Order of Malta, Donore Harriers and Scouts 139th Troop and a private donation.
by Tom Grant