Creggan gears up for Feile finale

The Creggan Feile organising team pictured outside the Creggan Youth Drop In Centre (Corned Beef Tin) this week. (CF1108AQ01)

The Creggan Feile organising team pictured outside the Creggan Youth Drop In Centre (Corned Beef Tin) this week. (CF1108AQ01)

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The organisers of the Creggan Feile 2013 say the event would not be happen if it wasn’t for their volunteers.

The Creggan Feile started on Monday and culminates with an amazing open air concert and fireworks display in Bishop’s Field on Thursday evening.

“I’ve been saying it for a while now but the Feile just would not be possible if it wasn’t for the selfless dedication of our volunteers,” says festival organiser and TRIAX Development Worker, Donna Hutton.

“This is what the Feile is all about, the community coming together to celebrate Creggan - fingers crossed the weather is good for us next week,” she smiles.

With only five days left on the Creggan Feile 2013 calendar, there are still plenty of activities for the local community.

Tomorrow morning, starting at 10am, there is a family ‘Hook and Cook’ event in the Creggan Country Park.

Participants in the ‘Hook and Cook’ will take part in a spot of fishing and any fish caught will be then cooked by a local chef.

“It’s obviously about everyone having fun but the ‘Hook and Cook’ will hopefully promote a healthy lifestyle - I just hope there are plenty of fish!” says festival organiser and TRIAX Development Worker, Kevin Campbell.

Creggan Country Park and Bishop’s Field will play host to a raft building/race and the street football finale respectively while the grand finale celebrations will start on Thursday afternoon with the Carnival Parade and Feile Family Fun Day.

“The Family Fun Day is probably the biggest and best we have ever put on. We will have a bungee trampoline, archery and, if the weather stays good, hopefully a barbeque.

“If anyone reading this article wants to get involved with the parade they can contact the Feile team at the Corned Beef Tin in Creggan.

“Everyone will be meeting at around 1pm at the Beechwood shops and then at 1.30pm the parade will make its way to Bishop’s Field where we will have our Family Fun Day,” explains Donna.

The first Creggan Feile took place 15 years ago and ithas gone from strength to strength ever since.

Kevin says; “I think this year’s festival is going to be the best yet. We have Bronagh Gallagher and several other traditional Irish music acts performing at the Open Air Concert next Thursday evening - it’s sure to be a great event.

“Oh, if you’re more of an outdoors type of person we will be hosting a water sports event in Creggan Country Park on Wednesday afternoon. If anyone wants to take part in this event they need to register with us prior to the event.”

Karyn Cunningham, Creggan Area Youth Worker and festival organiser, first started preparing for the Feile six months ago and says this year’s showpiece is a perfect example of just how community-focused the people of Creggan are.

“The people of Creggan and in particular the young people have been amazing to work with - they have shown real dedication from the beginning and I have no doubt that this year’s Feile will be a massive success.”

For full information on the Creggan Feile 2013 or to register for any of the events contact the festival organising team on 028 7128 1900.