Youghal’s First Family Fun Festival Launched by newly elected Youghal Mayor Mary Linehan-Foley.
Youghal’s first Family Fun Festival is an example of how a small vibrant community can celebrate and make known the spectacular amenities of the River Blackwater, Blue Flag Beaches and vast variety of local activities.
In addition, the festival’s focus on providing FREE Family Fun Entertainment for all ages is “most welcome” said Mayor Mary Linehan-Foley in Youghal (July 1st 2010).
At the first official function since her election, the Mayor of Youghal launched the 2010 Youghal Family Fun Festival at the Mall Arts Centre in Youghal. The festival takes place in the harbour town on the weekend of the 16th to 18th July 2010.
Failte Ireland South West Representative Hilary Creedon, spoke on how Youghal, seen as an area of excellent amenities was chosen as a Family Fun Hub last year, one of the few in Ireland to be supported by Failte Ireland. “We are delighted to see that the businesses of the area have come up with such a range of activities suitable for all families for this, the first of what is sure to be many Family Fun Weekends in Youghal, the heart of the Sunny South” commented Hilary.
Announcing the details of this year’s festival programme, the Chairperson of Youghal Family Fun Festival Committee Mrs. Sal Tivy outlined the financial support that made the festival possible and detailed the events schedule.
“We hope that this exciting and varied programme of events will appeal to both locals and visitors and pay tribute to the support of SECAD, Youghal Chamber of Tourism & Commerce, Youghal Town Council and Failte Ireland for their support not to mention the local business community” commented Mrs Tivy.
The Festival is an open-air, land and sea-based weekend event, with the aim of highlighting the attractions and amenities of Youghal; including the river, beaches, town and countryside. It also promotes local, community-based arts and crafts, as well as some good old traditional style family fun” said Mrs Tivy.
Musical offerings include ‘DJ Freddie’ Friday night, local favourites ‘Rannach’ on Saturday night as well as a host of surprises during the Mardis Gras Parade which kick starts the festival on Friday evening. Literary Lovers will be treated to some storytelling on Saturday afternoon in the library to the delight both young and old. Activities to enthuse the adventurous will feature Raft Races, Crab Competitions, “Fastest Daddy” race or test one’s skills on a Spud & Spoon course!
Not forgetting the vast heritage associated with Youghal; guided walks suitable for all the family are also featuring in this packed schedule. The weekend of the 16th to 18th of July is packed with options for all the family, while art exhibitions, dance workshops and storytelling are just a sample of some of the other activities to keep young people
Guest Speaker, Veronica Hunt, a Youghal native and the Kerry Rose for 2010 delighted the crowd with the details of a very exciting first for Youghal introducing the participants of the “Queen of the Sea” Competition. Each girl was introduced by Miss Hunt who went on to detail that the money fundraised by each “Queen of the Sea” was going to “Childline”, encouraging all to dig deep in the coming weeks for such a worthy Charity. Childline received over 800,000 calls in the past year, 500,000 of which the helpline was only in a position to answer. The government contributes only 10% of the entire budget of the ISPCC, and it was re-iterated that fundraising events such as the Family Fun Festival in Youghal were vital to its very existence.
At the heart of the festival is the “Family” and the opportunity to share in all types of FREE Fun activities that will be remembered as the happy memories of Summer 2010 for all!
Further information and schedule of events can be found on www.youghal.ie or call 024-20170 for further information.
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Contact: Aileen Ahern
Click on image to enlarge: Pics: John Hennessy and Ed Guiry
Family Fun Festival 16th – 18th July 2010
Youghal’s first ever dedicated Family Festival will take place in the stunning seaside town on Friday 16th, Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th July 2010. Photo: www.youghalonline.com
The highlight of the week will be the selection of the Queen of the Sea, where the lucky winner will receive a terrific prize of E500. This FREE Festival weekend promises to be fun-packed FREE activities and entertainment for all the family. All are welcome to come and support the Queen of the Sea participants at the Market Square Stage at 8pm on Saturday Evening. Music and Entertainment assured for all!
Speaking about the upcoming festival, Chairperson of the organising committee, Sal Tivy of Perks Entertainment centre commented: “We have certainly struck gold we believe here in Youghal again. We will be hosting one of the biggest Family Fun Festivals imaginable in July from 16th – 18th. The wonderful thing about this festival however is that there is fun for families aged from one to one hundred! And most importantly almost all events in the festival are free. We look forward to welcoming family visitors to our beautiful town where we will guarantee a fun-filled weekend. We are also thrilled that any proceeds raised from our ‘Queen of the Sea’ Competition will go to the hugely deserving ‘Childline’ Charity.
CLICK ON IMAGE TO SEE SOME OF THE CONTESTANTS IN THE INAUGURAL ‘Queen of the Sea 2010’ COMPETITION – All photos copyright to www.youghalonline.com
This festival will feature a non-stop programme of events including the opening event; a ‘Mardi-Gras’ Parade on Friday night promises a world of colour and spectacle throughout the town.
Saturday will feature the finest of local produce in the Family Food Festival in Market Square, followed by children’s storytelling, sandcastle building and crab-catching competitions. The sound of music will fill the streets with children’s busking sessions and interactive children’s dance workshops.
Sunday 18th July is Funday in ‘Greenpark’ when the town will come alive from 12.00 – 4.00 pm with mayhem sure to ensue in the ‘Fastest Daddy Competition’, ‘The Walter Raleigh Spud & Spoon Race’ and ‘The Teddy Bear Hospital’.
The highlight of the entire weekend however will be the crowning of Youghal’s very own ‘Queen of the Sea’, generously sponsored by local businesses; Claycastle Recording Studios and The Seahunter Charter Boat. Initial interviews have already been held and the evening promises to be spectacular. “I was delighted that so many of the girls have participated in this event” commented Veronica Hunt, Kerry Rose 2010 and also a member of the Judging Panel for the Queen of the Sea. “This is such a fantastic experience for young girls , a chance to be recognised as they are all talented, beautiful and full of personality and I am sure that their families and friends will be very proud of them” commented Veronica.
We are all eager to see who will be finally be the lucky girl chosen on Saturday evening in the Market Square, they are all such wonderful people for all little girls to look up to. As the event draws near, banners and posters are the talk of the town!. It ‘s set to be a colourful, fun and entertaining evening” Veronica added.
This FREE Festival weekend promises to be fun-packed FREE activities and entertainment for all the family, mardis gras parade, DJ’s. Bands, Busking, Food Festivals, Raft Races and Old Style Childrens games – Youghal is definitely the place to be the weekend of July 16th to 18th commented Sal Tivy“ We hope to see you all there”! she added.
Youghal Family Fun Festival is supported and part funded by South & East Cork Area Development (SECAD), and Youghal Chamber of Tourism & Commerce in association with Failte Ireland and Youghal Town Council.
For further details of the times of the festival events log onto: www.youghal.ie or call the festival headquarters in Youghal Tourist Office on: 024-20170.
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Mickey Noel White and his daughter Noelle
34 Susie Fitzgibbon, Arianna Linder and Lynn Leahy
36 Heather O’Donoghue, Sara Robinson and Amanda Veale
38 Stella Perks, Heather O’Donoghue, Sara Robinson, Amanda Veale and Eddie Irwin
40 Diane O’Sullivan and David O’Shea from Midleton
43 Micheala Bailey
45 Emma O’Keeffe and Diane O’Sullivan
49 Emma Healy and Vanessa Prendergast with members of Youghal Fire Brigade
50 Micheala Bailey, Emma Healy, Stella Perks and Vanessa Prendergast
55 Nicola Hennessy
57 Dainia Foley and Lynn Leahy
61 Lynn Leahy, Michael Farrell and Jessica Scully
65 Emer Kelly and Michael de Buitleir
68 Eileen Hunt with her daughters Vanessa and Valerie
75 Evin Gyves, Veronica Hunt, Bill Piper and Stella Perks
79 Gaye and David Fitzgibbon with their daughter Susie
82 Ryan Howard, Barbara Murray, Sal Tivy Perks, and Aileen Ahern
83 Siobhán Greene with her father John Greene and Marie Davis
87 Virginia Brownlow, Tony Gallagher, Stella Perks, Katie Fitzgibbon and David Fitzgibbon
88 and 92 Veronica Hunt
95 Contestants Sophie Condon, Serena Ottman, Alison Curtin, Sarah Ledingham, Emer Kelly and Siobhán Greene
500 Miss Walter Raleigh Serena Ottman
503 Linda Coade, Nicola Hennessy and Daragh Parker from Youghal Local Radio CRY
805 Miss CRY Linda Coade
510 Heather O’Donoghue, Erin Healy and Amanda Veale
512 Mary Cooper White with her daughter Noelle and Brian McGoran
513 Nikata Savage, Emer Kelly and Siobhán Greene
517 A kiss is just a kiss for MC Tommy Collins from CRY with model sisters Valerie and Veronica Hunt
524 Veronica Hunt
526 7 Veronica Hunt and Micheala Bailey
530 Damian Moore, Sarah Jane Daly, Micheala Bailey and Emma Healy
532 Brian McGoran and Oonagh Poynton