Events and News Item
Iconic Le Cheile Festival,Thursday Aug 2nd-Monday Aug 6th, Celebrates 15th Years
Thursday Aug 2nd-Monday Aug 6th
As we fast approach the August bank holiday weekend and the 15th year of successive and successful Le Cheile Festivals, the town of Oldcastle is coming together as a community to bring much needed tourism and culture to North West Meath.
This year’s events have grown truly huge, and to handle the massive amounts of work needed the town of Oldcastle has united to ensure a smooth, safe and efficient weekend of family entertainment.
With the addition of the renowned Sheridan’s Cheesemongers in overseeing and running the open air markets to take place on Saturday 4th and 5th of August, the Oldcastle Chamber of Commerce have partnered with the Le Cheile Committee to ensure this exciting new venture goes off without a hitch.
Festival PRO, Fergus Govern says, ‘ With the addition of the Sheridan’s brand to this year, we have had to come to terms with the fact that the streets of Oldcastle are going to be heaving with welcome visitors and patrons. Sheridan’s regularly pull in huge crowds of over 3000-4000 at their other events nationwide, so we knew that we would need to get the town involved in order to help us marshal this event. ‘
‘And as per usual the town has responded. The Oldcastle Chamber of Commerce have enthusiastically joined with us to help stage the Open Air markets. Parts of the Square will be covered with a huge marquee to house the 40 plus stalls of Artisan Foods, Crafts, and Children’s events over the Saturday and Sunday. The Chamber are working closely with businesses in the town to manage traffic flow, parking and re-routing where necessary over the weekend, and a solid plan is now being put in place, in conjunction with local Gardai, which will see volunteers help with directing and informing patrons of the available parking over the weekend.
The Oldcastle Credit Union have also joined with Le Cheile in sponsoring the Children’s events this year, which will include Street Performances, Face Painting, Theatre, Bouncy Castles, Bungee Trampolines, plus a host of other events.
One of the highlights will surely be the Fire Sculpture and Fire dancing on the Square on Friday 3rd at 10pm, with Babylon’s Inferno.
Another hugely exciting event will be the addition of the Freelancing Knights of Redemption, which is a troupe of medieval re-enactors that have featured in many Hollywood movies, including ‘King Arthur’, with Kiera Knightly and Clive Owen. The FKOR will stage live shows throughout Saturday 4th on the Square, with authentic Weaponry, Armour, and Period dress. The streets will be alive with the clash of swords and shields, and it promises to be hugely exciting.
As with most Festival events, Le Cheile is highly aware of the need for a safe, family oriented environment, which is accessible to all, and so many of the events are free this year, with an emphasis also being placed on opening up some of the units in the town that have been un-occupied due to the down turn. These units will feature as Pop-Up Shops, and will house the ‘Public Hanging’ Art Exhibitions and Children’s Art Workshops this year.
Organised by renowned local artist, and new Le Cheile member, Dave Gavin, the units will be dusted off, re-opened and provide Artists with hanging space, and also allow the parents of Oldcastle to bring the kids on an Art Trail through the various shops, whilst allowing the sale of works of Arts for the artists involved.
Also on board this year, are the Gilson Endowed Trust and Board of Governors, who have graciously allowed the addition of a Time Capsule to the grounds of the Gilson School. The Capsule will house snippets of modern day history, news items, details of local clubs, societies, items detailing the cost of living today, and of course details of this year’s festival. The Capsule launch will take place shortly after the festival finishes, and will not be re-opened until 2037, to see how life in Oldcastle and Meath has changed in those 25 years.
Other associations coming on board this year include the Oldcastle Tidy Towns Committee, The Oldcastle Civil Defence, the Oldcastle GAA, Oldcastle Soccer Club, and the Oldcastle Writers Club, who will launch their second book of prose, ‘This Won’t Hurt’, a collection of A&E medical stories, and anecdotes, on Saturday the 4th of August.
Fergus stated, ‘It’s always a great weekend when Le Cheile kicks off in August, but we’ve a feeling this year is going to be even bigger and better than before, and that’s before we even mention the huge music gigs we have with The 4 of Us, The Walls ( formerly The Stunning), Bressie, Paddy Casey, and the Republic Of Loose. I think it’s great that so many organisations have realised the huge amount of effort we put into this festival year after year, and without doubt, their help and enthusiasm will benefit both the Festival and the town immeasurably. All we need now is the weather, and we’ve a man on that job as well’.
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