IF you are pondering a festival outing this summer and are tired of the myriad events in fields and forests offering the usual run-of-the-mill band line-ups and well-being tents, then look no further than the nearby Comeragh Mountains.
Next month sees the welcome return of the wildlife-themed festival, The Comeraghs Wild Festival, which will run from 7-10 July and should appeal to thrill-seekers, hikers, surfers, yoga enthusiasts, and families alike as well as the music-lovers.
Festival spokesperson Mary Flynn said the unique selling point is the rugged landscape which offers many natural experiences and the four-day event showcases all that is special about the Comeragh Mountains region.
focuses on appreciating and protecting our wildlife and our countryside
“We’ve new venues, new events, new attractions and many of our most popular crowd-pullers are back. This is a fabulous and varied terrain with fantastic natural amenities and it’s only fitting that this year’s festival has a very strong green theme and focuses on appreciating and protecting our wildlife and our countryside.”
The festival’s headline concert in the mountains features blues, jazz and soul singer, Mary Coughlan. This concert has been moved to Crotty’s Lake which has improved parking, toilet and catering facilities, making the venue accessible for all.
Meanwhile, for the hikers, broadcaster, author and ecologist, Eanna Ní Lamhna, will join local man Stephen McCarthy of StepsBackThruTime walking tours for an eco-walk close to part of the Waterford Greenway in Kilmacthomas on the Saturday.
Also new to this year’s programme are music, singing, dancing and storytelling at The Nook, Gateway Eco Camping Park and a Comeragh Mountain Lamb Feast at Cooney’s Yard.
And (vegans look away now), for the carnivores, there will be a full hog roast to fill the bellies. Wild indeed.