Buncrana show must go on

It’s vital the ‘show goes on’ says Buncrana’s Mayor who’s vowed to make this year’s Buncrana Music Festival the biggest and best yet.

It was feared the popular music festival, which was rejuvenated three years ago, was going to be axed because a huge number of its organisers had emigrated.

But Mayor Nicholas Crossan said the festival was so popular it would be a shame to see it axed.

He’s took up the mantel this year and said a number of plans are already underway.

He told the Journal: “We’re hoping this year’s festival will have something for everyone. We’ve some bands booked and we have a fun day orgainsed, a teddy bear’s picnic and then we are going to do a cycle race around Buncrana.”

And he’s been roping people in left, right and centre. Mayor Crossan said he’s been overwhelmed at the number of people who have committed to helping the organisers out.

He added: “People that I have asked have all said they would help. So far from the people I have asked nobody has refused.”

Buncrana councillor Jack Murray also welcomed news the festival was to be saved. In a statement he said: “The Music Festival in Buncrana last year was a great success once again. It was a huge boost for tourism in the town and the wider area; thousands of people visited Buncrana, benefiting businesses and boosting community spirit.

“The announcement on St Patrick’s Day that the festival will go ahead this year is fantastic for Inishowen – combined with Derry’s year as City of Culture, I believe we can make this an even more successful event.

“The City of Culture committee in Derry is currently looking at the possibility of holding a ‘Fringe Festival’. I believe that Buncrana would be an ideal location.

“Derry would benefit by offering visitors the scenic sights of Inishowen, combined with the popular music festival.

“Now is the time to seize the opportunity and promote Buncrana in becoming the fringe festival. Some work has already been done in this regard after the Town Council adopted a motion submitted by my colleague Cllr Ciaran McLaughlin which called for maximum co-operation between Buncrana and the City of Culture.

“In the coming weeks, I intend to arrange a meeting of various stakeholders who would be interested in Buncrana’s bid.

“This would include representatives of the festival committee, of Inishowen Tourism, The City of Culture and fellow councillors.”