It’s Comeraghs Wild Time!

Pictured ahead of the free Alison in Wonderland-themed Teddy Bears Picnic as part of the Comeraghs Wild Festival which runs from July 14th to the 16th and includes music, storytelling, fun in the mountains and so much more were Ultan McCusker (12), Shane Power (11), Lauren Kavanagh (9) and Brian Veale (10) as well as Lilly-Anne Fahey (8) and Nicole Walsh (7). For more, log on to www.ComeraghsWild.com. 	| Photo: Patrick Browne

Pictured ahead of the free Alison in Wonderland-themed Teddy Bears Picnic as part of the Comeraghs Wild Festival which runs from July 14th to the 16th and includes music, storytelling, fun in the mountains and so much more were Ultan McCusker (12), Shane Power (11), Lauren Kavanagh (9) and Brian Veale (10) as well as Lilly-Anne Fahey (8) and Nicole Walsh (7). For more, log on to www.ComeraghsWild.com. | Photo: Patrick Browne

ALL roads lead to the Comeragh Mountains and Waterford’s stunning Greenway over the coming days as the long-awaited Comeraghs Wild Festival gets underway this Friday, July 14th.
Record numbers are expected to support the extended programme of free and ticketed events, all of which run in and around the Comeraghs and the Greenway over the coming days.
Free events include storytelling at the Coach House, Kilmacthomas, on Saturday, July 15, from 7pm with Ireland’s greatest living storyteller, Eddie Lenihan. There’s alsoa seaweed foraging expedition with expert Bruce MacDonald which includes a rare culinary experience. On their return to the visitor centre, participants will enjoy a tasty lunch comprised of an assortment of locally produced, seaweed based foods.
Saturday is very much family day with an Alice in Wonderland themed picnic in Kilmacthomas, a community event in Portlaw which culminates in a disco with WLR DJ John O’Shea and so much more.
Also new this year is the Comeragh Wilderness Camp and Family Fun Events at Boolacloghagh, Rathgormack from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday. It includes food over the fire, archery, woodland crafts, a craft sale and more.
A shuttle bus will run from the hiking centre for those who want to take part in the Lough Moghra Guided Walk. The meet-up time is now 5pm at the Hiking Centre, Rathgormack. Those who fancy a hike on Sunday and are over 18 are encouraged to book their place now on a walk to Coumshingaun with Mario.
Local acoustic harmony trad group, Dunáill, headline a not-to-be- missed intimate concert accompanied by Tramore acoustic Americana band, Still House Down, delicious breads and foccacias supplied by Seagull Bakery will be available at the Copper Coast Geopark on Sunday evening from 7pm. Tickets are just €10.
Tickets also remain on sale at €10 and will be on sale on the night for a Feile at the Falls on the opening night with uilleann piper, David Power, talented harpist, Triona Marshall, and poetry reading with broadcaster, Olivia O’Leary.
A massive crowd is also expected for one of the two closing events, a concert featuring Gina and the Champions who will be joined on stage by Dale Haze in Kilmacthomas on Sunday, July 16th.
There’s also walks, talks and outdoor theatre in Portlaw with Chapter House Theatre Company at Curraghmore House and Gardens which celebrates the 300th anniversary of the marriage of Katherine De La Poer and Marcus Beresford on Sunday. Tickets for the talks remain on sale through Lismore Heritage Centre.
Festival spokesperson, Bernadette Drohan, said it’s shaping up to be a great weekend. “We’ve had great feedback from the public and we’re looking forward to a fantastic weekend. The Waterford Greenway has been a huge boost to The Comeraghs and other communities and it’s great that many of the events can be accessed or viewed from it.
“The Festival celebrates all that is authentic and special about this region and we encourage the public to log on to our website, www.ComeraghsWild.com and come along for what promises to be a fantastic few days of music, storytelling, walks, talks and so much more,” she added.

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