The Festival of Finn which takes place in Corofin from this Thursday April 30th until Monday next May 4th will decide who is the possessor of Ireland’s Best Beard and will also crown the World Stone Throwing Champions for 2015.
These two events dominate a packed and varied programme which has something to offer all comers.
The festival which had been popular fror a decade from the mid ’80’s was revived as part of The Gathering in 2013. It incorporated the World Stone Throwing Championships, the brainchild of one Cormac McConnell, which will see it’s 17th annual running in 2015. This popular event has produced champions, over the years, from the US and the UK as well as many parts of Ireland in both ladies and gents competitions. It takes place on Sunday evening at Campbell’s Yard off the main street in the village from 4.00pm.
The idea to organise Ireland’s Best Beard & Moustache Championships in 2013 was brought about by the realisation that while there is a World’s Best Beard competition, held annually in Carson City, Nevada, as well as several national championships, there was no similar event being held in the Emerald Isle. Should the event attract sufficient sponsorship in the future it is the aim of the organisers to send the irish champion to the US for the world finals at some future date. This year’s competitions will be held at the refurbished Corofin Hall on Saturday evening with registration from 7.00pm.
The festival kicks off with the official opening by local author P.J. Curtis who will talk on some of his work which has recently been made into films, including A Nightingale Falling shown recently on TV3. Add in a good mix of culture and heritage, with a lecture on local archaeology by archaeologist Christine Grant, a myths & legends bus tour and a major traditional concert featuring Boffin To Burren at the Teach Ceoil on Sunday evening.
Activity events include the Great Mullaghmore Run, a walk in the Burren, a set dancing display and a Pike Fishing Competition on Lake Inchiquin while dancehall days return to Corofin Hall on Sunday night with The Kadillacs Showband from Limerick providing the music. Family events include the Farmer’s market which is likely to have up to 20 stalls on Saturday morning, a family car treasure hunt, the festival parade on Monday morning and weather permitting, fun and games with the Lark at the Lake on Monday afternoon.
The full programme as well as updates can be seen on the Festival of Finn Facebook pae or at http://www.festivaloffinn.com