The Keenagh Rising Festival, a community event celebrating 100 years of Keenagh Church, the people of Keenagh past and present and marking the 1916 Centenary. Keenagh Rising takes place from Friday 29th – Sunday 31st July 2016, with so much going on over the weekend.
The festival starts with the Thanksgiving Mass on the Friday celebrated by Fr. Francis Judge at 8pm with refreshments after at Scoil Nefinn. Afterwards there is a drama performance from the pupils of Scoil Nefinn in the Marquee followed by a night of music and dancing, with music from local musicians and a Waltzing competition with prizes to be won! There is also a display of Irish dancing on the night from Moffatt Dancing School.
Saturday is the busiest day of the festival with lots going on, such as the Sports and Heritage day from 2-4pm that all ages can take part in, with Bacon and Cabbage being served from 3-3.30pm. Afterwards if you are feeling up to it there is a 5k run/walk across Keenagh’s beautiful countryside.
In the evening there will be a screening of two documentaries at Scoil Nefinn, ‘Seven days’ which is a documentary about rural live in Keenagh from 1975. The second documentary being shown is the Jacob’s International Award Winning film about Patrick Fergus and his farming life from 1976. This is then followed by a night of music from Medicine Bow, with a jiving competition and a barbeque.
On the final day of the festival at 1pm there is the ‘Christy Murphy Memorial Walk’ starting at Drumleen Lake through Tristia Forest to St Patrick’s Well where there will be traditional Garland Sunday Mass at 3pm. At 6.30pm there are football matches in memory of Patrick Fergus and Michael Lydon with Kennagh’s past, present and future talented footballers playing. This will be a great evening so come down and support the teams! To end the jam-packed weekend is the Barn Dance at 10pm, with a night of dancing and music from Conor Duffy.