“If you would like to dance yourself silly, have a drop of tea in the bog, win a rosette for man’s best friend, listen to storytelling that split your sides or just want your old lobby washed down then Lyreacrompane is the place to be over the August Bank Holiday weekend for the 17th Dan Paddy Andy Festival,” everything there in the opening line of a piece of information from DPA Festival co-founder and PRO, Joe Harrington.
A Ceilí with Donie Nolan will get things under way on Friday night and once again there promises to be fierce going for the top prize in the Waltzing Competition. This, as usual, will be danced off during the Ceilí. And the trophies seem to get bigger every year.
The Dog show is on Saturday at 2pm. The official opening is at 9pm by Eoin Hand, former Ireland international soccer player, manager and legend. Knockachur native, Murt Collins comes all the way from Kilrush to tell the stories and he comes with a health warning – your sides will be sore afterwards! He will be joined on stage by Eoin Hand who will sing his recently released Monica’s Song and a couple of more no doubt. Great stories and songs and then the floor will be cleared again for the Marquee Dancing to The Singing Jarvey.
Sunday is Dancing Day at 3pm with Eddie Lee and at 9pm with Mossie’s Country Road Show followed by the man with more hits than most over the years – Brendan Shine and his mighty band.
11am sharp on Bank Holiday Monday is the start of the famous Bogwalk and then it is six hours of marquee dancing to Stevie Donegan and to Mike Fitzgerald and Southern Pride.
“The Festival ends then as there will be few left standing,” Joe concluded. For further details call 068 48353 or go to www.lyreacrompane.com