Crossmaglen gears up for Dealin’ Men festival weekend

August 31, 2010

This Friday Mayor of Newry and Mourne District Council, Mick Murphy, will officially open Crossmaglen’s Dealin’ Men Festival which is being held in the town over the weekend.  

Mayor Murphy will be helped by special guests – Special Olympics gold medal winner Fergal Gregory and former Friends of Children Princess Aoife Gribben.

The festival will officially kickstart at 7.30pm on Friday and will feature a huge range of entertainment on The Square including music by Miceal Moley, Leona Hoey and her band, the Daly sisters, All-Ireland Fleadh winners the St. Brigid’s Accordion band, Jonesborough, Trad band Bróg and Lara Armstrong, European Ladies Irish Dancing champion.

The entertainment will continue in the Rangers Hall with a Dance featuring music by Breege Kelly and Michael Cleary, all proceeds of which will go to the Rainbow Club.

On Saturday a two-day Horse Show will commence at 10am in Kernan’s Equestrian Centre while a Horse Fair will be held in Peter McEntee’s field, Monug Road at the same time and continue throughout the day.

At 2pm the Teddy Bears Picnic will begin on The Square and this will be followed by a fancy dress parade to the Cross Square Hotel.

At 3pm All-Ireland finalists musicians from the Ring of Gullion CCE Grúpa Cheoil will perform on the festival stage and at 3.30pm children will be entertained by storyteller Anne Garvey.  There will be a number of stalls including crepes and face painting on The Square and music will be featured throughout the afternoon.

On Sunday September 5th the Horse Show at Kernan’s will continue from 10am.  Beginning at 12 noon, the Artisan Market will feature stalls with homemade breads, jams, ‘pig on a spit’, Carrickmacross lace displays, crafts and face painting.

The vintage car show will commence around the same time.

FiveFM radio star Big O will commence his live broadcast from the festival at 12 noon.   His show will include fabulous spot prizes and competitions.

At 2pm Tommy Trickster will begin his magic show and balloon modelling.

The Trotting Club drive will take place at 3pm and finish with a race on the Newry Road.

Closing of the festival is timed for 6pm.

The organising committee ask that all children are accompanied by an adult at the weekend’s events.  The public should also note that there will be a DVD recording made of the weekend – if anyone has any concerns with regards to this, they should advise the committee

There may be increased activity on the Newry Road on Sunday and motorists are asked to be patient during this short time

The organising committee has expressed deep appreciation to all those who have helped with festival arrangements, offered sponsorship and made donations and look forward to the support of the whole community for this special festival weekend.