Packed weekend of fun needs a bit of juggling

The world’s largest festival of juggling and circus skills continues this weekend, as fireworks light up a harbour festival in west Cork, and the country’s oldest horse race meeting goes ahead in Co Kerry.

Holly Madden, Isabelle Walsh, and Teagan Collins play in the water at Robert's Cove, Co Cork. Pic: Larry Cummins

From Courtmacsherry in west Cork to Caherciveen in south Kerry, everyone will be out in force to support the major summer events.

The Caherciveen Horse and Pony Races date back more than 200 years to the time and homeplace of Daniel O’Connell. First race tomorrow begins at 1.30pm. In Millstreet town, the European Juggling Convention continues with world-class performers demonstrating spectacular skills.

Coinciding with the locally-organised Millstreet Summer Festival, among today’s events is the EJC2014 Parade, juggling Olympics at the Town Park at 3pm and a GAA fun evening.

Tomorrow’s highlights include a Millstreet Men’s Shed Soapbox Race.

In Courtmacsherry, today’s regatta is a key event. After street races, activities turn to the harbour for yawl races, swimming races, pillow fight, greasy pole and a duck chase.

The festival will be officially opened tomorrow evening by MasterChef winner and local Diana Dodog, following a children’s and teens’ fancy dress parade.

Elsewhere, Schull’s annual agricultural show will be held tomorrow.

And in Kerry, crews will compete in the annual Callinafercy Regatta, at Ballykissane Pier in Killorglin. First race is at 3.45pm. Hurley’s Farm in Blennerville, outside Tralee, is the venue for the 35th annual Kerry Pony Society’s annual show and gymkhana, tomorrow. And finally, today, a sponsored walk in aid of Build4Life will set off from Rathmore GAA grounds in Co Kerry to the Mills Inn in Ballyvourney, Co Cork.

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