Eire Og hosting community festival

Some of those set to take part in the dancing and boxing at the Eire Og Festival. INLM3411-817con
Some of those set to take part in the dancing and boxing at the Eire Og Festival. INLM3411-817con

EIRE Og GFC based at Pinebank is set to host its first weekend community festival at the end of September.

The three day event will see an array of talent performing in a large marquee specially booked for the festival.

The club, which has been in existence for over 40 years, decided to organize this festival for the local community and surrounding districts.

A club spokesperson stated: “We at Eire Og pride ourselves on being in the heart of the community. The organising committee has worked really hard to ensure the weekend of activities will suit all ages.

“On Friday, September 23, at 8.30pm we are proud to announce that the world famous Irish group ‘The Fureys’ will be performing for the first time in Craigavon. The Fureys had massive hits with songs such as ‘The Green Fields of France’, ‘When You Were Sweet Sixteen’, ‘The Red Rose Cafe’ and ‘Steal Away’.

“On Saturday, September 24, also at 8.30pm we will be hosting a White Collar Boxing event which will include well known faces within the community boxing opponents from various local Gaelic Clubs.

“On the Sunday evening we will be hosting an Eire Og Strictly dancing competition and this will feature footballers and officials from the club. We would like to thank Moyraverty Arts & Drama Society for providing most of the female dancers for this show. Over the next few weeks, once we get all the competitors signed up for both the boxing and the dancing, we will publish a full list.

“So far for the boxing we have got former county player and All Ireland winner Gerard Reid along with former deputy Mayor of Craigavon Kieran Corr and current players such as Stephen Burns, Gary Brennan. In the dancing we have Paddy Mallon who used to teach in St Anthony’s Primary School, club referee Barney Henry will also be showing his best moves on the dance floor along with club stalwart Tony Devlin.

“The whole weekend should prove to be a great event for the community and to make sure the children don’t feel left out there will be a junior Disco on the Saturday afternoon and an Irish Dance Competition on the Sunday afternoon.”

Tickets go on sale this week for all three main events. The Furey’s concert tickets are £15, the Fight Night tickets are £20 and the Strictly Eire Og dancing £10. A weekend pass ticket for all three events costs £35. Ticket outlets include Eire Og Social Club, St Anthony’s Centre Craigavon, Reid’s Bar Lurgan and Mace Shop Tullygally. Box office number is 0789 409 2120.