HUNDREDS of years ago Pig Fairs were held every month on Geashill’s village green and last Sunday the tradition was revived in an effort to foster community spirit in the beautiful village.
What is even more newsworthy is the fact that the festival was organised within two months of first being discussed making it a genuine ‘Pop Up Festival.’
“Two months ago two of us proposed having a ‘street fest’ to foster community spirit in Geashill, and since then it’s grown legs and turned into a one day family day complete with a Pig on a Spit, Village Fair, Races, Fancy Dress, Children’s Treasure Hunt, Street Performers and Irish Music,” explained one of the organisers Yvonne Carty.
“Joanie Guinan, Secretary of Geashill Tidy Towns was a power house in leading the team of volunteers to organise the day. We received generous sponsorship from all local, and some not so local, businesses which meant that, with the exception of the feature of the Pig on the Spit, and insurance for the event, all activities and stalls were self- funding,” added Yvonne.
“There was a huge turnout on the day. We thought if we fed 100 people from the pig we would be doing well, at the end of the day we fed 250 and we supplemented the pig with Fergus Dunne’s sausages and chicken. It was a bit like the loaves and the fishes.
“We definitely achieved our aim. There was wonderful community spirit on the day and a special mention must go to the Parking Stewards and the clean up crew. By 8 o’clock on Sunday night the Green was back to normal and everything had been cleared up. Offaly County Council also assisted by allowing us to close off one side of the Green for the day, but the main road from Tullamore to Portarlington remained open all day so drivers were not inconvenienced,” said Yvonne.
The activities on the day included fancy dress prizes for children and adults, bouncey castle, dog show, crazy golf, Pet’s Corner, Trinity Street Artists, face painting, a children’s treasure hunt, bric-a-brac stalls, live music and entertainment.