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
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
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
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 ourGalley
Page - Potato Festival.