Updated: 31/07/12 : 07:46:30
The weather held and fun was the order of the day at the Garland Sunday celebrations which was held in the south Sligo village of Keash last Sunday (29 July).
A myriad of competitions were on offer, these included Bonny Baby, Sheaf Throwing, Treasure Hunt, Crazy Golf, Horseshoe Throwing and a host of other fun events. There were plenty of bouncy castles and other soft attractions to keep the children happy.
The 'King and Queen of Keash' is decided by the results of a grueling 10k run and this year the 'King' traveled from Clare to participate. Julio Castro, originally from Brazil arrived home first in a record-breaking time of 35min.43sec. The 'Queen', Anne Hunter made it home in 46min.29sec.
For the more relaxed approach to the course there was also a 10k walk. This year the winner was local man Gerry Feely.
However a prestigious Dog Show has become an integral part of the Garland Sunday event with entries from all over Ireland. The overall champion was a Louis, a Scottish Terrier owned by Tara Reape from Ballina, Co Mayo. The reserve champion was Boris, a French Mastiff owned by Christine Guckian from Ardcarne.TwinFest 2012
Keash will shortly again become the centre of attention as the nationally renowned TwinFest 2012 takes place on Saturday 18 August. The festival now in its third year is confident of exceeding last year's entries of over 100 sets of twins which was double the previous year.
Guests of honour last year were the former co-joined Benhaffaf twins. This year the twins, Hussain and Hassan will be walking having now been fitted with prosthetic limbs. See SligoToday.ie 22/8/11
Photos from Garland Sunday can be viewed and freely downloaded in the Photo Section