AMERICAN FESTIVAL 2014
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FRIDAY JULY 4th
FESTIVAL OPENING –
Official opening will be performed by The Offaly Rose – Eleanor Sutton followed by a firework display at 9:30pm
GARTH BROOKS EXPERIENCE -
Our Big Red Barn as featured on RTE’s Dragons Den will become our festival venue for three night’s entertainment and on our opening night will host The Garth Brooks Experience. So why not come and enjoy the iconic tunes of Garth Brooks such as “Friends in Lower Places” and “Thunder Rolls” in the atmosphere of an American Style Red Barn with a fully licensed bar in the GAA Grounds. Entry €15 or Weekend Ticket for the Red Barn €30
SATURDAY JULY 5th
FAMILY FUN & SPORTS DAY
1:00pm: CHILDREN’S ARTS & CRAFTS
We will have arts and crafts for Children from 4 years and up in the GAA Centre. We will use
various materials to encourage recycling and have various surprises for those in attendance.
2:00pm: FAMILY FUN DAY
St Flannan’s GAA Park will play host to our afternoon of fun and activities, ranging from the crazy
to not so crazy events. The grounds will host many inflatable activities such as Twister Bouncy Castle, Bungee Run Game, Wrecking Ball Game, Sumo Suits and also a Rodeo Bull. There will be exhibition games, skills and drills, toddler races and parent and
child events. It’s a day out for children and adults alike.
This family fun day will also have an Inflatable Surround for our Body Zorbing Football Competition for the older teens. The return of Donkey Derby will also take place with a new event of Pub O War – Tug Of War competitions for pubs from around the area.
9pm - BARN DANCE - BAGATELLE
Moneygall American Festival goes all Cowboy & Cowgirl with a fancy dress Barn dance on Saturday night with Olwyn Murray supporting our main act Bagatelle. Bagatelle are an Irish rock band and are well known for their popular pop hits such as 'Second Violin', "Leeson Street Lady" and "Summer in Dublin", perhaps their best known and best loved song. Tickets for this event is €20 or entry can be gained on the €30 Weekend ticket. There will also be a prize for best dressed Cowboy & Cowgirl in the Big Red Barn fully licenced bar in Moneygall GAA Centre.
SUNDAY JULY 7th
11:30AM WALKING TRAILS – In Aid of Irish Cancer Society
This year the Festival Committee is please to invite you to participate in our charity fundraiser walk on Sunday July 6th. The looped walk starts from Moneygall School at 11am and follows an interesting route through lanes, fields and forest tracks to The Black Hill and Kilduff Mountain (1,500 ft). The route is approximately 15Km and requires a moderate level of fitness but if you’ve never seen Lough Derg or The Wicklow Mountains from Grainne’s Bed, now’s your chance! Local guides will be at hand to answer your questions and refreshments will be available on return to the village. We also have a family friendly 5Km route on the recently opened Rock of Loyer Loop and look forward to welcoming you.
2:00pm: STREET PARADE & MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT
Various groups including Cheerleading Troop Strike Force Cheer, Vintage Tractors, Brass Band, Children’s Groups, Dancers, Musicians, Vintage Cars, High Nellies, Classic Cars, and many more will parade through Moneygall on a much larger scale than last year. We also will have live music from various bands & groups performing after the parade on stage in Elderberry Drive!
8:00pm: THE BIG RED BARN –
On Sunday Night we will bid farewell to another American festival weekend in our village but we go out with a bang as Showband “La Bamba” will rock the Red Barn in the GAA Centre. Tickets for this event are €10 and are also covered under the €30 weekend ticket. The committee will also hold its festival draw in the Red Barn where Hotel Stays, Vouchers and Tickets to the Galway Races are up for grabs.