Monday, 20th August 2018
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Comeraghs Wild 'breaks all records'

The four day Comeraghs Wild Festival was "the best on record, it was a complete sell-out and it will be hard to raise the bar further next year", organising committee chairperson, Mary Flynn said.

An extra date was added; new events like open air yoga, painting workshops and the Nire Valley Summer Drop were introduced and both the Street Fete in Kilmacthomas and the open air concert featuring the Dublin Gospel choir and Newfoundland stood out most, Mary believes.

"It was definitely our best Festival ever. From start to finish. It will be hard to follow this year. But we've an incredible voluntary team together now; we've got the ingredients right for a festival that appeals to all ages and all tastes and we're extremely thankful to Richie Walsh, to Bernadette Drohan and Brid Kirby from the Council for the exceptional work they put in.

"Whether someone is a mountaineer or a culture vulture, the Comeraghs Wild has something for them. Mahon Falls stood out for me this weekend. There's something very special about those mountains and every single person who attended was totally and utterly blown away by the setting, the performances and the welcome," she said.

Among the many visitors to the region for Comeraghs Wild was Swiss native, Alexei Evsioukov, who travelled to the Festival with his 16 yr-old daughter, Anna. He had only arrived into Rosslare that afternoon and headed straight for the Mahon Falls for the event.

"The concert in the mountains was very special – a delightful evening. It was a real pleasure to attend the festival. The setting, the atmosphere and the authenticity of participants have captured our hearts. It was a great start to our road trip in Ireland," Alexi said afterwards. Sublime weather conditions spurred great crowds to gather for the Silver Screen and Summer Sounds gathering in gorgeous Portlaw. And hundreds and hundreds of people flocked to Kilmacthomas for the Street Fete.

Many of the volunteers who helped had been out from 4am to help get the two legs of the Sean Kelly Dawn Chorus off the ground. Among them was Martin Morris of Kilmacthomas Social Enterprise Group.

"We're very thankful to the entire Social Enterprise Group; to the Civil Defence, Kilmacthomas GAA Club, DJ Tyrone Power, Quan Butler for the vintage displays and to the Greenway Joggers and Kilmacthomas Badminton Group who helped out on the morning cycle, along with our own members". Among the many, events were Sea Gardening; the Brake for the Border cycle; Magical Morning Yoga; Mountain High Music; the Nire Valley Summer Drop; Teas, Tales and the Troubles; Lackendarra Jim, the Masterclass in the Mountains event and the Hoolie in the Hills Ceili.

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