The Nineteenth Muckno Mania Festival Weekend

The Nineteenth Muckno Mania Festival may have been awash with the supernatural and metaphysical state, but there was nothing preternatural about the magnificent planning and staging of what can only be described as a truly wonderful weekend by the committed organisers of the event.

The festival’s link, impact and integration within the Community was clearly evident from the myriad of participation and involvement throughout the weekend from individuals, local organisations, local authority and local businesses, who clearly displayed an abundance of goodwill towards the festival and the organisers.

Highlights of the Festival weekend included the arrival and participation of Les Gazelles a group of dancers from our twinned town in Marseillan, France, who performed over the weekend, the crowning of Aoife McCooey as the new Festival Queen, the inclusion of two successful ‘Age Friendly’ events on the programme, the success of the Forest Fairy trail, the turnout at the Faugh’s Sports day, the magnificent shop, estate and garden displays and the introduction of the Interactive Treasure Hunt and Glass Slipper activities.

Throughout the weekend there was an excellent variety of Street performers, puppeteers and artists, who included Streetwise performers, Dr. Nick and Babcock and Bobbins, Street Theatre Ireland performers, King Shah, Johnny Phealan and the Fire Display performers, McCormick Puppets, Around the Clock (aerial show) and O’Looney Puppets.  Music performers too were exceptional which included, Mike Denver, Louise Gorman, Logan McQuillan, Fusion and Tegan Campbell.

The Muckno Mania Festival organisers who comprise of young volunteers wish to acknowledge the support of all the festival sponsors who through their kind generosity have once more made the festival possible.  The weekend support and sponsorship from Monaghan County Council, the Municipal District of Carrickmacross/Castleblayney and their staff is also greatly acknowledged at this time.

The main Sponsors of the 2017 Muckno Mania Festival includes:- Carna Transport., Coleman Tractors & Today’s Local, Glencarn Hotel, McMahon SuperValu, Monaghan Hire, Monaghan County Council Arts Partners Scheme, Monaghan County Council The Municipal District of Carrickmacross/Castleblayney, and the Department of Arts under the Small Local Festival Scheme.  The support of Pobal under the Department of Social Protection and for the support from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs through the National Play Day Programme are also acknowledged.