This is certainly what I call a Wounded Wallet Weekend! Fun as these things are, it is just impossible to support them all – especially when you have to pay for more than one child! This weekend, being Bank Holiday weekend, there is so much happening around West Cork that you are bound to pass at least two festivals on any one journey. Believe me – it can happen!
This weekend the Drimoleague Feile Beag is on our doorstep. I clean forgot about it of course, so a trip to the Centra for bread, milk and sundries ended up costing a small fortune as I had a car load full of children – who were so pleasantly surprised by the sight of the festivities and funfair in Drimoleague – that it was impossible not to attend. Impromptu as our decision was!
For anyone wondering about the Feile Beag, there are still two days of the festival left and here is a quick outline of events in case you are interested.
Sunday – 1st May
10.00 am – Vintage Car and Tractor gathering for Vintage run (meet at GAA pitch)
10.30 am – Hill Walk – meet at Castledonovan carpark (charge €7)
12.00 pm – Vintage Charity Run (GAA Pitch)
2.00 pm – Children’s Fancy Dress
2.30-4.30pm – Children’s Arts and Crafts Exhibition (Methodist hall)
2.30 pm – Feile Beag Duck Race (River Rugagh) _ we have great fun with this one each year – addictive!
2.30 pm – Monster Children’s Entertainment (Railway yard) – hmmmm – monster price as well!
3.30 – 5.30 pm – Live Music and Platform Dancing on the green with Patrick O’Sullivan
9.45 pm – Fireworks Display (GAA pitch) – this sounds great and worthy of attending, x
10.30 pm – Charades Final (Drimoleague Inn)
Monday – 2nd May
10.00 am – Pitch and Putt Competition
10.30 am – Walk to Nowen Hill (not sure which one Nowen Hill is – don’t know if suitable for small kids)
2.00 pm – Long Shot Bowling Competition (GAA pitch)
2.00 pm – Car Treasure Hunt (starts at Catholic church car park)
6.00 – 9.00 pm – Kids Fun Run and Fastest parishioner Fun Run
9.00 pm – Raffle – results off fugitive and off Car Treasure Hunt
So, would you believe that STRAIGHT after that – I had to drive to Schull to collect a new transformer as mine was blown and I was without internet! (Thank you to Digital Forge – great job on getting this to me on a Bank holiday weekend – I really appreciate it). Bearing in mind that I had originally ONLY set out to buy bread and milk – you can appreciate what a crazy day it panned out to be.
On our way to Schull – we had to pass through bustling Ballydehob and they are currently celebrating their annual Jazz Festival! Another whoop went up in the car as the kids spotted the funfair and teeming-with-kids playground! I didn’t soften this time – just gunned the car past and then slowed to let them soak up the atmosphere of the town and the street market as we passed through. One of the kids got a terrible fright when they saw the headless mannequin but what I wouldn’t have given this fine afternoon – not to have been driving anywhere! To have just been sitting in the sun with a chilled anything alcoholic and being part of it would have been ideal. I think it is definitely worth organising – getting dropped off with a group of good friends for an afternoon in the sun in Ballydehob!