A wet day did not dampen the spirits of those in attendance at the Clareen Traditional Day on June 12.
As in previous years, local charities will benefit from the proceeds including the Alzheimers Society of Ireland and the Seir Kiernan Churches.
Offaly Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy performed the official opening of the third annual Clareen Traditional Day held in Clareen GAA Field.
“It is a great honour to be asked to open the Clareen Traditional Day which has become a day in the local calendar of festivals since 2009. Great tribute is due to all the committee members who have been working so hard since last year to bring the best of local talent in the traditional performing arts to the stage in Clareen.
“Traditional arts are alive and well in the parish of Seir Kieran with the Maher Family and Colin Dooley, the Corrigan Sisters and the Ann Callanan-Ryan School of Irish Dancing bringing the best of music, song and dance to the stage,” said the Fine Gael Deputy.
Deputy Corcoran Kennedy also paid tribute to other acts from around the area who performed on the day including the Ballyboy Comhaltas, Kinsellas and Michael Buckley, Pat Flanagan and Friends, Tipperary Traditional Youth Group c/o Carol Thompson & T Maher, Olivia Douglas and Annette Scully and the Obama Set Dancers. Local auctioneer, John Ryan conducted the auction and MC for the day was Seamus Kennedy.
“The Clareen Traditional Day is a shining example of community co-operation which three years ago was just an idea of John Fowler who brought interested people together. In the intervening time, local community spirit and hard work has ensured that it is a day to be anticipated each year for a wonderful family day out,” Deputy Corcoran Kennedy concluded.