So it’s been over a week since the Drimnagh Festival and everything is back to normal…..well normalish! The community is back to normal and the GAA pitch looks bare once again. This years festival was one hell of a ride wasn’t it?

It all started off quite late in the year this year actually and as I sit here writing this I am still amazed at what our small little group of people managed to pull off in such a short space of time, because that is what the Drimnagh Festival committee is, a small dedicated group of people who only want to do something positive in the community.

From a personal point of view I joined the committee last year and if I am to be brutally honest it was because I was bored at home and happened to come across the post on Facebook about a meeting and wandered on down to the Bosco. Two years later I managed to achieve along with a group of people something which I am incredibly proud of.

stageThis year, the festival grew ten fold from last year. This year we had a music stage! A music stage people. This is something which Drimnagh has never seen before but I hope it does so again in the future as it was a huge success. We also had attractions like the mobile farm which went down extremely well with kids and adults alike. We also had Jack Wise who amazed and terrified most of the people at the Festival – sometimes at the same time!

This year we had a variety of competitions happening in the lead in to and throughout the competition. We had the art comp, the fun dog show and the duck race. The art comp completely blew me away as the talent some of the kids have in our schools is just mind blowing. For me the personal highlight has to be the dog show, purely cause I am a dog lover and it was brilliant to see so many of you bringing your dogs to show them off. We really didn’t expect such a high turnout so thank you very much for that. Then of course the hotly contested duck race! This is hilarious craic and was loved by everyone.

Crossing the finish line!

Crossing the finish line!

As PRO for the Festival this year I have been the one annoying you all with Facebook status updates and the like, but I would like to say a huge thank you as you have made this years Festival a huge success. For everyone that reads, likes or share a status, you are getting the word out there and you contributed to the huge numbers of people we had out for the Festival so from myself and all the Drimnagh Festival committee a huge thank you. A huge thanks also to Luas who continue to sponsor the Festival every year.

This year we were also lucky enough to have Festival TV working with us throughout the Festival and they filmed some of the highlights and some of you too! You can find the three episodes from Drimnagh here

The Drimnagh Festival is an excellent way to get involved in the community and I would encourage anyone who has a spare bit of time to get involved for next year, it’s only going to get bigger and better from here on in! :)

You can check out the rest of the pictures and blogs from this years Festival on our Facebook Page

Till next time

Amanda :) x

About the author

Amanda Whitehead Amanda is a freelance journalist who writes for a variety of websites. She also presents Good Morning Dublin on Dublin City FM every Thursday morning. She has strong ties to Drimnagh having lived here since the age of 12 and with her parents originally being from here, she is dedicated to showing the positives of the area through work on the blog and things like the annual Drimnagh Festival.

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