Waterford’s Comeraghs Wild Festival
County Waterford’s much-loved Comeraghs Wild Festival is back from July 12 to 15 and it’s now bigger and better than ever with headline events like the Dublin Gospel Choir live in the mountains at Mahon Falls, a white-knuckle Nire Valley Summer Drop descent on bikes, surfing and more.
An extra day has been added, early bird offers are now available and several new communities are involved in the four day festival which celebrates all that is unique and authentic about the Comeraghs, Copper Coast and Nire Valley region in rural Waterford.
The centrepiece of this year’s festival will be the Sean Kelly Dawn Chorus Cycle for charity which is limited to 500 leisure and pleasure cyclists. Pre-registration closes soon and places are filling up fast for the two legs – which start at 4.30am and 5am along the completely off-road Waterford Greenway. Two local charities benefit – the Solas Cancer Support Centre and St John’s School, Dungarvan. The Sean Kelly Dawn Chorus East Route leaves Kilmacthomas for Waterford City’s Bilberry Car Park at 4.30am for a 46km return trip. The second group of cyclists sets off from the same starting point at Rainbow Hall, Kilmacthomas at 5am and travel the slightly shorter 43km West Route to Dungarvan and back.
Festival Chairperson, Mary Flynn, said: “We took a gamble last year when we moved the festival from its traditional September slot to July. And it paid off. We’re delighted to be starting the festival a day earlier this year and to welcome more communities on board. Lots of the popular attractions like surfing, walks, the Hoolie in the Hills Céilí, seaweed foraging, historic talks and plays are back. We can’t wait to see and hear the Dublin Gospel Choir and Newfoundland perform in the open air at Mahon Falls.There are lots of free events too – including the street fete in Kilmacthomas, storytelling for adults and children with Pat Speight and the open air cinema and music ‘til late in Portlaw.”
Head of Enterprise with Waterford County Council, Richie Walsh, said: “The communities of the Comeragh Mountains and Copper Coast are incredible. This festival takes phenomenal voluntary effort and we, as a local authority, are delighted to support their annual endeavours. The country is full of festivals at this time of the year. But the Comeraghs Wild Festival is one of the most authentic out there. This festival has evolved over the years and this year will be extra special with the Dawn Chorus Charity Cycle, the Dublin Gospel Choir concert and the surfing session at Bunmahon in particular bringing extra visitors and extra revenue into this region.”
For event and booking details see http://www.visitwaterford.com/comeraghswild/