01 June 2011

Fitzgerald Welcomes Establishment of Clondalkin Festival

Local Minister Frances Fitzgerald has welcomed the development of a Clondalkin Festival. A week of events and activities, funded by South Dublin County Council, has been organised for the community of Clondalkin.

“I am delighted that South Dublin County Council is launching a Clondalkin Festival. It is something I have been campaigning for and I believe it will be a huge boost to the area. The successes of the Lucan Festival have proved how valuable local community festivities are and the establishment of a Clondalkin Festival it is great news for the people of Clondalkin, our community centres and local organisations,” said Minister Frances Fitzgerald.

The festival will run from June 7th and culminate on Sunday the 12th with an array of family activities and cultural events.

“The week-long celebrations will involve open days in Aras Chronain, Knockmitten and Bawnogue, jewellery making workshops, set dancing classes, face painting and balloon modelling. Sunday the 12th will see the entire village being taken over by local residents and community groups in a celebration of culture. There will be live bands, choirs, a reptile zoo, a puppet theatre, Irish dancing, theatre, a tea dance, a Family Fun Day in the Round Towers GAA Club and an Intercultural Day in Clondalkin Garda Station,” explained Fitzgerald.

“Together with my Fine Gael Councillors for Clondalkin I have been lobbying for the creation of a Clondalkin Festival for some time now and am delighted that the Council have been able to put together such a fun-filled itinerary. Festivals like this are a great way of boosting community spirits and creating cohesion among residents. I am really looking forward to the festival and urge local residents to mark the events in their calendars,” continued Fitzgerald.

“In these recessionary times positive community events, especially ones provided to the community free of charge, lift spirits. As this year’s festival is a pilot programme the Council are fully funding the initiative but the development of this event into an annual festival is wholly dependent on the success of this years celebrations and the establishment of a fundraising committee. It is really important that locals come out in force to support the festival and with such a fun and interesting line up I am sure that people will be more than willing to get involved,” concluded Frances Fitzgerald.