Monday 20 January 2020

Fun and sun-worshippers make most of bank holiday events and raise much-needed charity cash

Crowd enjoys the live recording of The Blindboy Podcast on the Belonging Bandstand at All Together Now in Ardmore
Crowd enjoys the live recording of The Blindboy Podcast on the Belonging Bandstand at All Together Now in Ardmore

A soggy start to the week didn't deter staycationers from making the most of the last day of the August bank holiday weekend at events across the country.

Thousands of runners took advantage of the intermittent sunshine to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society at yesterday's Dun Laoghaire Bay 10k road race.

The ninth annual run saw participants follow a scenic route that began at the seafront in the before winding its way to the finishing line outside Dun Laoghaire town hall.

Nearby in Dalkey, classic car enthusiasts lined the streets of the heritage town for the Vintage and Classic Car Festival.


The main street was closed off to welcome a Who's Who of classic cars, including vintage Mercedes-Benz models, Jaguars, Triumphs and Alfa Romeos.

As a special treat to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Mini, the 1964 Mini Cooper that won the Monte Carlo rally kicked-off the second annual event along with the car's owner Paddy Hopkirk, who drove it in the famed race on the French Riviera.

Dublin motorsport legend Alec Poole, who won the 1969 British Touring Car Championship in a Mini Cooper S, was among the guests.

While the sound of revving engines filled the seaside town, there was grumbling in the air 240km farther south as revellers attending the All Together Now music festival in Ardmore, Co Waterford, vented their frustration over lengthy delays trying to leave the heritage site, with many blasting horns at the snail's pace traffic.

Festival-goers spoke of delays of two hours or more as they tried to leave the 15th century Curraghmore estate yet were stranded in the car park, including those who brought children along.

A similar situation happened on Friday night when festival-goers faced gridlock getting into the venue.

More than 20,000 tickets had been sold for the festival, featuring headline acts such as punk godmother Patti Smith and indie rockers The National.

However, some disgruntled festival-goers took to social media demanding a refund after complaining that the long queues to get in meant they missed some of the opening night acts.

Others said they were forced to jump the queue of cars or else be stuck in traffic for hours trying to leave the site.


Emma Morris, from Kildare, said she was stuck in "total gridlock" for about 45 minutes after arriving at the car park at 10am.

"You had to get a bit cheeky and skip people to get out in time, which I really hate doing," she said.

Festival organisers could not be reached for comment.

Meanwhile, Met Eireann said we can expect more unsettled weather this week, with a mixture of showers and sunny spells.

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