THE FOLLY @ CULLOHILL CASTLE (July 20th & 21st): Excitement is really starting to build in Cullohill as we prepare for the forthcoming festival. We have a jam packed programme of events which kicks off on Friday night 20th with a concert in Cullohill Castle. Headliners, The Lost Brothers are supported by Holly Macve, Molly Sterling and Laois’s young star Curtis Walsh. Events kick off early on Sat morning with an 8.30am guided walk up Cullohill Mountain with breakfast being supplied by Paddy O’ Cereals (€5). Back down the mountain we will come to see RTE’s Marty Morrissey interview the ‘Paddy O’s Irish Porridge Making Championships’ contestants followed by a parade to the Community Centre for the start of the competition. An art and photographic exhibition will also take place in the centre.
Meanwhile on the Fair Green from 10.30am, there will be a farmer’s market and a vintage tea room. It will be back to the stage in Cullohill Castle around 11.50am when Marty Morrissey will present medals to the Cumann na mBunscol winners, Under 14 Feile Winners and the Handball winners. Following this presentation, Nancy the owner of Cullahill Castle will be interviewed by Marty. ‘Wild Food Mary’ will lead 2 foraging walks (€5) at 1pm and 3pm.
We will have Family Fun at Nancy’s Yard from 12.30pm to 4pm. A jam packed afternoon of family entertainment including Clown Jeca, Face Painting, Mad Professor Science Shows (1pm and 3pm), Little Angel’s Fort, Bouncing Castles, Balloons, Outdoor games and much more. Bring a picnic and relax while your children have the time of their lives! Last admission 4pm. Entry is €5 per child and includes all activities within this area. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
There will also be a handball exhibition match on that afternoon as well as Pony Riding, Yoga and a fun dog show (2pm). The winners of the Irish Porridge Making Championships will be announced in Cullohill Castle at 4pm with Rachel Allen. The festival will conclude on Saturday night at 8pm with a Comedy show headlined by Sharon Mannion supported by Ashlee Bentley, Kevin McGahern, Grace Mulvey, Ronan Grace, Niamh Marron, Mark McConnell and MC Eddie Mullarkey.
Cullohill Community Council are delighted to confirm that all costs associated with the have now been covered by sponsorship which means that 100% of the ticket price will go towards the cost of refurbishing the Community Centre. Cullohill Community Council greatly acknowledge the support and sponsorship of Electric Picnic, Diageo, FBD Insurance and Laois Partnership Company.
Weekend tickets are €40 and include both shows, the Mountain Walk and the Foraging Walk. Day tickets for the music and comedy shows are €25 each. Tickets are not required for children under 12 but they must be accompanied by an adult (max 2 children per ticket paying adult). Parental discretion is advised in relation to the suitability of the Comedy Night for children.
Tickets are not required for the day time events.
Tickets are available online at www.thefolly.ie with weekend tickets also available in Bergin’s Gala, Cullohill and O’Connell’s pub. Visit www.thefolly.ie for full details!

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