Athboy’s St James’ Fest, the Fun Day held to celebrate the Community, took place Sunday 22nd July in the Fair Green, Athboy.

Local band, Priorland, who recently released their first single “Ruins of A Gypsy”, performed a full live set, while local community groups showcased their unbelievable talents. The Athboy ICA Guild provided a fine array of baking goods & old scone recipes, while The Athboy Men’s Shed brought some old style novelty games.

The organizers would like to thank Clann na nGael Meath & Clann na nGael Ladies Football & Camogie, for all the fun & energy they provided on the day. The kids are a credit to the club & to all their hard work. The new Clann na ÓG & the newly appointed Games Development Officer Damien Healy, are a huge success. While, Athboy Foróige partnered with JIGSAW, to run a hugely popular juice bar and chillout zone in the ‘Fairy Ring’ of the Green.

Meanwhile, there was plenty for kids to do with Free Bouncing Castles fun from Tom and Marie’s Bouncy Castles, Flawless Face-painting, GK Dance Studio also held free kids dance workshops, while Glam Fairies, Tommy’s Ice-Cream, Yummy Waffles & The Good Spud Potato Company provided fun refreshments for everyone. There were medals for everyone who took part in the very fun Children’s & Adult races, run by Former Athboy ‘Personality of the Year’ Tina Growney, with the current ‘Personality of the Year’ – Eugene Smith getting cooled down on the Dunking Chair.

One of the most popular events proved to be the 5-A-Side Soccer Tournament, where local pubs competed for glory. The rules outlined that 1 player had to be over 50, 1 over 40 & 1 over 30. The winning team was ‘The Village Inn’ Kildalkey & very deserving runners up the Saddlers Well Athboy. Ratchairn, Coburns & Fagan’s Pub Athboy also put on a very entertaining show of skills. Huge thanks also to RS Awards Rathmore who sponsored the winning cup & to Ross Geddes who was the very patient & diplomatic ref on the day.

The day also included a hugely successful Dog Show hosted by Country Mutts, with prizes sponsored by Country Mutts & Petpal’s Athboy. We were delighted to welcome Trim Tourism Network with their new float, & to the Vintage Motorbikes & the Meath Veteran’s Association, who provided a very impressive display.

Thanks to all the amazing helpers on the day (you know who you are), to all the craft stalls who attended. The organizers would like to than Patrick Brogan from Macavity Films who documented the day for us on behalf of Meath Daily. The festival was organized by the committee made up of Cllr David Gilroy, Breda Hayes & Athboy HUB staff Sharon D’Arcy, Conor Kavanagh & Irene Cummins.

(Video Courtesy of Meath Daily)