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South Armagh Halloween Festival Launched

October 23, 2012

South Armagh Community Safety Partnership has today launched this year’s Halloween Festival with the help of pupils in Clonalig P.S. Culloville.

The Festival promises to be even more entertaining than last year with a jam packed programme of events starting on Sunday 28th October at 1pm with a joint demonstration of a road traffic collision by Crossmaglen Fire and Rescue Service & Dundalk Fire & Rescue Service. This will be preceded by a high rise platform fire fight demo and “Drink Driving Simulator”.

The Crossmaglen Vintage Tractor run will assemble at 11am before going on a cruise around the district. These will then reassemble at 12.45 around the square for inspection and prize giving. Of Course there will be an additional prize for the best dressed Halloween driver.

The Festival continues on Sunday until 6pm with Magic Shows, Zorb Balls, Pumpkin Carving, Inflatable’s, Gyro Chair, Cross Castle, Quads etc and of course the even more spooktacular – Spooky Tunnel – in St Oliver Plunkett Youth Club!

Wednesday is the main event, and the committee has arranged in addition to all of the above attractions, Bungee Trampolines, Face Painting, Shooting Range, Treasure Hunt, and for the first time Laser Quest, as well as Irelands Biggest Bouncy Castle all ongoing from 12pm – 5pm

On Halloween Night entertainment begins again at 7.30pm sharp with a spectacular fireworks display at the Rangers Football Club.  The annual Fancy Dress Parade will take place directly afterwards with cartoon characters, stilt walkers and fire eaters, followed by music on the Square by “The Fuzzy Burgers”.

PJ Toal, Project Promoter said,

“The Halloween Festival showcases what can be achieved in an area when the whole community works together.  For example this year we have been supported in the organisation and delivery of the festival by St Oliver Plunkett Youth Club, Shelagh Youth Club, Crossmaglen Fire and Rescue, South Armagh Safety Groups, Newry & Mourne District Council and Peace III Southern Partnership’s Challenge of Change Programme.

“In addition local businesses have come on board in particular, Superbites, the Cross Square Hotel and Watters Electrical.  We are extremely grateful for this support, as without it, the festival simply would not take place”.

“We look forward to seeing everyone from South Armagh and beyond coming to Crossmaglen once again to have a Spooktacular Halloween”

Festival programmes have been distributed, or for more information find us on facebook, search South Armagh Halloween Festival.

Newry and Mourne Policing and Community Safety Partnership as part of the Strategic Priorities for the District have funded South Armagh Community Safety Group for their Halloween Family Festival.

We are delighted to have been able to support the group in this worthwhile community safety initiative.

What we do

We aim to make our communities safer by focussing on the policing and community safety issues that matter most in the Newry and Mourne Council area.

Chair of the PCSP, Cllr Michael Ruane, commented that;

“The PCSP welcomes the opportunity to support family festivals such as this at Halloween. They provide a positive, safe environment for all the community”

The South Armagh Halloween Festival  is partly funded by the PEACE III Southern Partnership’s Challenge of Change Priority and supported by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation (PEACE III) managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

For further information about the Challenge of Change priority please contact;

Challenge of Change Peace III Southern Partnership Unit 10 Monaghan Court Monaghan Street Newry BT35 6BH  shirley.keenan@newryandmourne.gov.uk Telephone:  (028) 3031 3166.

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