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Clonmany Festival 2008 Programme

Sunday the 3rd August signals the start of the much loved annual Clonmany Festival. Once again this family event is a week of summer fun for all ages. This is Irelands longest
running and best known family festival and is situated in the beautiful village of Clonmany which lies within the amazing hills of Urris. 

Year after year thousands of holiday makers and locals alike enjoy the many events, live music, natural beauty and facilities which go hand in hand with the festival. 

From raft races and cycling events to treasure hunts and talent competitions, the festival has something to offer everyone and is an event which you will find yourself returning to again and again. 

From the opening parade to the final of the pub talent competition and every event in between will make this, the 41st Festival a truly memorable one. The hardworking committee have once again ensured that the events and entertainers booked for the week are part of this bumper packed programme which will ensure this wonderful festival keeps growing from strength to strength. 

We would now like to thank all of our sponsors, without whose generous support, this event would not be possible.

The committee would appreciate a subscription of €5 from adults for allopen air concerts. Children under 12 free. This is due to the high standard of bands performing ans also because of the high costs of running the festival. However all subscriptions are greatly appreciated.

Sunday 3rd August

2.30pm Opening Parade and Fancy Dress 

Bands : Inver Pipe Band and Buncrana Accordian Band

Prizes: 1st €150, 2nd €100, 3rd €50

All floats receive appearance money of €30.

No horses or ponies allowed in parade.

3.30pm Bonny Baby : 0-1 years, 1-2 years, 2-3yrs. (Diffley Garden)

All entries to office before 3:00 sharp.

4.00pm Open Air Concert


8.00pm Coyle School of Dancing

9.00pm Open Air Concert


10.30pm Pub Talent in High Stool Bar



Monday 4th August

2.00pm Children's Sports at Urris (Rogers Field)

Enquiries: 074-9376689

2.00pm Poker classic in Square Bar - Monster Texan Hold'em

All entries by 1.30pm. Entry fee €50

4.00pm Treasure Hunt (on foot) leaving Market Square/Festival Office

8.00pm Concert Support Act


9.00pm Open Air Concert


10.30pm Pub Talent in McCauley's Bar

11.30pm Old Irish Kitchen in Market House

Singing, Dancing, Recitation. All Welcome



Tuesday 5thAugust

9.30pm Children Fun Trip. 

Bus pick-up at 9:30 from Market House taking kids to Waines World for 1 1/2 hours and then off to lunch and trip to cinema, returning to Market Square at 2pm.

Booking essential. Tel: 074-9322450 Admission €15.

10.30pm 41th Clonmany Agricultural Show and Sheepdog Trials at Pollan.

Horses, ponies, cattle, sheep and home industries.

Full programme of events - fun classes for horses, sports, pet show and dog show - 8 classes - €600 in Prize Funds. A great Family day out.

€2,000 Cassidy Bros Concrete
Products All-Ireland Baby Beef Heifer Championship

World Sheaf Throwing event with world wide entrants

Enquiries 074-9376539 / 086-0808161

1.00pm Hillwalk - contact Gerard McGeehan

Enquiries 086-8512716

2.00pm Pool Competition in McDonald's Bar

Enquiries : 074-9376103

3.00pm Townland Golf Challenge

Annaugh v Ballyliffin

7.30pm Concert Support Act

                Shunie Crampsie

8.00pm Open Air Concert

Compere: PJ McLaughlin (ICR)

10.30pm Pub Talent Competition in Briney’s Bar



Wednesday 6th August

9.00am Two Day Open Golf Competition. Festival Cup at Ballyliffin Golf Club.

Bookings 074-9376119

Seamus Grant Day of Music, Song and Dance

9.30am – 1.00pm Music Workshops

2.00pm – 4.00pm Traditional House Dancing in Market House

3.30pm - Indoor and Outdoor sessions around town

For further information contact: Pat McGonigle
074 9376265 / 087 2859287

1.00pm Pet Show in Market Square

Sponsored by Glenview Boarding Kennels

2.00pm Youth Club Fun Day in Clonmany Community Center.

Enquires: 074-9376772

4.00pm Car Treasure Hunt (Entries at Festival Office) €10 per car.

8.00pm Concert Support Act

Janet Coyle School of Dancing

9.00pm Open Air Concert


11.00pm Pub Talent Competition in McFeeley's Bar & Square Bar

11.30pm Irish Kitchen in Market House

Singing, Dancing, Recitation. All Welcome


Thursday 7th August

9.00am Two Day Open Golf Competition. Festival Cup at Ballyliffin Golf Club.

Booking 074-9376119

2.00pm U7's, U11's & U15's Junior Talent Competition 

Sponsored by Andrew McGonigle Plasterers - Cloontagh

Entries from 1.00-2.00pm

6.00pm North Pole Cycle Club

Registration 6.00pm - Market Square

30k Cycle Run - Tour of Urris Hills

Contact Karl Fullerton 086 2788497

7.00pm Crisp Eating and Mineral Drinking Competition in Market Square

8.00pm Concert Support Act 

               McCarron & McGeoghan

9.00pm Monster Bingo Session in Clonmany Hall / St. Mary's Hall

9.00pm Open Air Concert


11.00pm Pub Talent Competition in McDonald's Bar  & Ballyliffin Hotel



Friday 8th August

11.00am Clonmany Festival's Market Day in Market Square

Buskers welcome. Stalls €20

11.00am   Teddy Bears Picnic – Clonmany Community Centre
(sponsored by Bizzy Bees).

Entertainment includes face painting, balloon animals, appearance by kids'
 favourite characters, bouncing castles - and much more
(sponsored by Inishowen Inflatables).
Admission Free.

2.30pm Childrens Sports in Shamrock Park

4.00pm Square Bar Car Treasure Hunt - Entry Fee €10 per car

5.00pm  St. Brigids Boxing Club present Boxing Tournament in Youth Club, 

Irish Champions competing on night.

Admission: Adults €8.00 Children €5.00
Contact Danny for details: 0868369507

6.00pm Pub Tug-o-War

Contact Danny: 074 93 76591

7.30pm Inishowen Athletic Club presents

Joe Farrell Memorial Cup

5K Road Race (Running and Walking)

             Prizes for each category. €10 entry fee.

Juvenile (11yrs+) €5 Juvenile Race 1 mile.

Enquiries Owen Doherty  074-9376093
Mobile 086-3360636>

7.30pm Dennis McCool 7-a-side Memorial Cup, Urris v Malin

Crampsie Park, Straid.

8.00pm Concert Support Act
The Blue Ribbon Young Stars
(Direct from RTE)

9.00pm Open Air Concert


9.00pm  Bingo in St. Mary's Hall

10.30pm Pub Talent in The Rusty Nail and Toland's Bar

10.30pm Ceilí and Old Time Dancing in St.Mary's Hall
Music by Martin Duggan Band. 



Saturday 9th August

11.00am Car Boot Sale & Stalls in Market Square and Youth Club.

Cars €10 Stalls €20

Enquiries 074-9376772

1.00pm National Schools Confined 5-a-side, Shamrock Park

Enquiries 074-9376489

3.00pm Sand Building Competitionand Pebble Art Competition at Tullagh

Beach (Feel free to bring your own pebbles or props!)
Tel: 0861552159

3.30pm Raft Racing at Tullagh Beach

Sponsored by Inishowen Garden Equipment and The Rusty Nail

Enquiries 074-9378968

5.00pm   Local Business' Blitz Football Competition

5-a-side, Mixed Teams, Entry €20 per team
Enquiries: 087 249 3783

8.00pm Concert Support Act

                    White Shadows

9.00pm Open Air Concert


10.30pm Pub Talent Competition in Strand Hotel

11.30pm Old Irish Kitchen in Market House

Singing, Dancing, Recitation. All Welcome



Sunday 10th August

2.00pm Vintage Car and Machinery Rally in Market Square

Colmcille Pipe Band in attendance.

2.00pm Horse-shoes in Shamrock Park

Enquiries: 086 8521347

4.00pm Open Air Concert


8.00pm Concert Support Act

Janet Coyle School of Dancing

9.00pm Final Open Air Concert


10.30pm Pub Talent Competition in McDonald's Bar


Monday 11th August

8.30pm Final of Pub Talent & Connie Doherty Memorial Singer/Songwriter Competition

The Ballyliffin Hotel. Adm. €8

All entries must be registered by 8.15pm

Music by Shunie Crampsie

Festival Poem

Many generations come to see
The friends they've known since they were wee
The people they've come to hold so dear
The ones they have known from yester year
So each celebrates with a drink and a dance
And young generations may be in with a chance
Of starting a new and budding romance
With great memories being made year after year
As the band plays, Clonmany for the craic,
the crowd begins to cheer.
Kerry Doherty.



Cooperation with Gardai and Stewards would be appreciated.

Traffic diversions in operation throughout the week

Side Show, Pony Rides, Shooting Range,

Bumper Cars, Swingboats etc.


The Festival Committee accept no responsibility for loss or damages incurred during the Festival.

Late Openings & Music in Pubs and Hotels for the duration of the Festival.

For further information on Festival Events

Tel: 074-9376477 Mobile 086 3427373

email : clonmanyfestival@gmail.com

Next Years Festival Dates

42th Anniversary

Sunday 2nd Aug - Sunday 9th Aug. 2009

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