Riders to storm the strand as tight-rope walker takes to the skies

It’s beach weather, for sure, but there’s no shortage of organised festivities and events this weekend.

A high-wire specialist will attempt to make a 75m crossing over a Tipperary river, jockeys will be whipping up a storm at the strand races in West Cork, and walkers will take to a busy route between Cork City and Bandon for charity.

Macra na Feirme, meanwhile, is anxious to highlight that this is “Know Your Neighbour” weekend, with the aim of encouraging people to get to know their neighbours by organising a community event such as a BBQ, teddy bears’ picnic, family fun day, or just a coffee morning.

Macra’s president Kieran O’Dowd said: “The weekend slogan is “don’t walk by, say hi” — a simple action that could open up doors. When we reach out to our neighbours and communities we get 10 times over what we gave in return.”


More than 5,000 people are expected to line the banks of the Suir tomorrow evening to see circus performer Christopher Bull attempt the 20m-high tightrope walk.

It’s a highlight of the Junction Festival and part of the finale to a performance by Clonmel’s marching and concert band, Banna Chluain Meala, along with a choreographed display by the band’s colour guard and street theatre troupe, Buí Bolg.


The West Cork parish stages the annual Barryroe agricultural show today while, tomorrow, Courtmacsherry’s annual day at the races sees a transformation of the estuary’s sand bank for the strand races. It carries a prize fund of €6,000.

The eight-race card gets under way at 2pm and the feature is the Lislee Derby for the O’Donovan Brothers’ Perpetual Trophy.


The annual blessing of the boats ceremony is on Sunday at 5pm, a tradition continued in the fishing and tourism village for 100 years.

All vessels will don flags and bunting to create a wonderful spectacle in the harbour as local curate Fr Chris O’Donovan officiates at the blessing. Afterwards there will be music in the square to celebrate.


Renowned Celtic scholar Dr Seán Ó Duinn, OSB of Glenstal Abbey, will lead a field outing to Kiskeam and Boherbue, Co. Cork, on Sunday.

All are welcome to the field trip organised by the parish as part of its summer programme exploring the rich and ancient heritage of Duhallow. Meeting point will be at the Cailleach Monument in Kiskeam at 2.30pm.


Town mayor Deirdre Lane along with council colleagues Gearóid Buckley, Rachel McCarthy, and Margaret Murphy will lead by example on Sunday as scores of people plan to take part in a charity walk, or run, from the Viaduct near Cork City to the West Cork gateway town.

The 25km route is the main N71 road. Sponsorship for walkers and runners will aid the cancer unit at the Mercy University Hospital in Cork.

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