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 Kilbehenny

‘Gateway to the Galtees’

P o t a t o    F e s t i v a l

Brief History

In 2010 a decision was taken to start a Potato Garden in Kilbehenny.

 

Work commenced in the field adjacent to the Community Centre in April of that year, where the field was prepared for the sowing of potatoes.   

 

A fantastic crop was produced, and with the help of locals, young and old, potatoes were picked and sold back to the community and to visitors who heard about the‘Kilbehenny Floury Spuds’  

 

To coincide with the summer festival, it was decided to perform an open-air pageant - with the theme ‘ Famine of the 1840’s.   Hundreds of people attended this performance, which was a resounding success, with so many locals taking part.

 

A competition was held in our local school, and the name Benny was chosen for our Scarecrow.  Since then, Benny has been guarding the crops and keeping the crows at bay.

 

Each year a Festival is held during the Potato Digging Season - Mid-August.

 

In 2013 the Potato Garden ‘moved house’ to  Condon’s Corner.

 

This Festival could not possibly be a success without the loyal support it receives from locals who, behind the scenes, help with preparing the potato field, sowing, spraying, digging and selling the crop, and of course, tea makers, cake bakers, etc.

 

When the potatoes are ready for picking, it a wonderful sight to see so many people, and especially children, (and occasionally a pet dog!) helping to pick and bag the crop.

 

What a great way to teach them what community spirit is all about, and there’s no better place to learn that, than in Kilbehenny.

 

The Community Centre is used to host many events during the Festival, and the Fás participants put in huge effort in making sure everything runs to plan, and everyone who attends receives a very warm welcome.

 

Our Potato Festivals continue each year, and  photographs can be viewed on our Galley Page - Potato Festival.

 

 

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Secretary
Caroline Conroy 087 122 0116
Treasurer
Moss Fitzgerald 087 821 4991