Influx of Fairies to leave Town Spellbound

The organisers of the popular and successful town’s Muckno Mania Festival launched their plans on Monday night last, which will see the town adopt a Fairytale theme for the 19th annual Festival, which takes place 6th – 9th July.

Present at the launch were representatives of the Festival’s main Sponsors who included:Coleman Tractors and Today’s Local, Glencarn Hotel, McMahon SuperValu, Monaghan Hire, Monaghan County Council Arts Partners Scheme, Carna Transport, Castleblayney Community Enterprise and the Monaghan County Council Municipal District of Carrickmacross/Castleblayney.

Also in attendance was Karla Corr reining Festival Queen, boys and girls from Scoil Mhuire na mBuachailli and Scoil na gCailini and members of the Muckno Mania Festival Committee.

The Festival theme, which reads ‘Muckno Mania a Festival of Fairytales’, will feature oral and musical extracts from many of the popular Fairy Tale Stories with colourful props, artefacts and symbolic references to the tales, which will help to capture the festival mood and set a magical scene over the weekend.  There is also promise of an abundance of Fairies over the weekend but no guarantees that they will be seen!

Once more the organisers have chosen to stick with some of the old reliables, which are also among the most popular, these include a Fireworks Display Friday night, Sprint Triathlon Saturday morning.  Raft building competition, Faugh’s Sports day, Country dancing to Mike Denver Saturday night and a fun day at Lough Muckno on Sunday.

The search for the Festival’s sixteenth Festival Queen has also already commenced and a winner will be declared at a separate ‘Beauties and Feast’ event, on Saturday night when Karla Corr last year’s popular winner will hand over her title and her Tiara.

The organisers have also endeavoured to evoke participation from the wider community by including a number of competitions, which centre on a Fairytale theme, these include: a window display competition for the businesses in the town, a general public garden competition and a residential estate competition.  In all cases the entrants are asked to create a Fairytale theme in their window, garden or estate.

The Festival continues to be staged as a Family Festival that promotes sport and music, with a particular focus on the Arts.

The Festival is driven by a dedicated group of individuals who work unselfishly each year to stage one of the most important and invaluable events in the town’s annual calendar.