By Eoin Ryan
Dunshaughlin, for the first time since 2019, was home to its annual harvest festival from 24th to 26th September and its long list of events.
A free open air concert in Dunshaughlin Park started off the festival Friday night as a contribution to Meath Culture Night, which featured local performing musicians.
An assortment of bands and musicians were available to hear on Saturday and Sunday including Oisin Tuite and his band. There was also a smaller stage with its own selection of professional musicians such as Aoife Carbin, Mark Langan and If.
Markets lined the walkways filled with street foods, craft stalls, competitions, and community groups joining in on the fun. A bouncy castle zone and assortment of other activities for kids such as magicians only added to the fun.
A €10 all access wristband was available for kids wanting an unlimited amount of rides in the mini carnival with face painting available right next to the rides.
Thank you so much to everyone who joined us,” a Dunshaughlin Harvest Festival representative said. “We are already counting down to next year’s festival, gathering feedback and ideas to make it bigger and better.”
Dunshaughlin Park also became home to a viking village for the weekend where axe throwing, pottery, weaving, and jewellery were commonplace. A live cookery demonstration with ingredients and utensils from the Viking age took place on 24 September.
Interpreters for the deaf and hearing were available at the festivities this year with hopes this will continue in future years.