Yes its back and its going to be bigger and better than ever! Celebrate Saint Patrick’s weekend in Bantry as the town throws itself into darkness in honour of the pre-electrification days.
|Photo taken at the 2012 Fado Festival. Follow the latest information by finding Fado Festival on facebook.|
There will be the fire breathers and drummers (Weapons of Mass Percussion), seanochaoi storytellers, plays, ceili competitions, fancy dress parades, street performers and all sorts of fun things for all the family.
Last year, there was a great sense of community spirit especially when everyone who was gathered on the square was given a processional candle and had people had to light it off each others candles – it created a wonderful atmosphere with ‘neighbour lighting candles from neighbour’ says Shirley Stitt, the events co-ordinator. Shirley has also said that the search will be on once again for the culprit who stole the electricity from Bantry and when he is caught, he will be sentenced.
Also, on the square – there will be a pig roast on the spit – which will be slow cooked over 8 hours and which will smell mouthwatering-ly delicious in the salty seaside air. The roast will be in the capable hands of Pat Kiely from O’Connor’s Seafood Restuarant and Steve O’Donovan from The Brick Oven. Pat is also planning an interesting traditional menu which will include fascinating fare such as stuffed cows hearts, rabbit stew and seagull eggs!