Get dizzy at the Mullahoran Country Music Festival!

The Mullahoran complex was packed on opening night in 2018 when Derek Ryan took the stage. Derek is back on the bill for 2022.

Michelle Taite

Hold on to your hats because Cavan is going country!

Ireland’s favorite country music artists are set to take Mullahoran by storm at the Mullahoran Country Music Festival 2022.

The event, now in its third year (Covid break aside) is set to run for three nights from July 15 to July 17.

Chief event organizer and club chairman Ciaran Brady has been busy planning the long weekend and is sure it will be a huge success. “We ran it in 2018 and 2019 and had an average of 1,200 people every night,” says the Mullahorian man.

“2019 was our most successful year, it was very good. We had a similar roster to what we have this year. He’s grown a lot in the last two years we’ve run him, so hopefully this year the name really came out and it will be even bigger.

The festival kicks off July 17 with Ciaran Rosney and his guitar playing songs like “The Old Turf’s Sod” and “Willie’s Shoes.” The star will then give way to the fantastic Derek Ryan, who will surely make you shout ‘It’s Friday’.

Finished day one and want more? Get ready because Mayo man Gerry Guthrie will take to the stage on Saturday, July 16 with his long sermon of country ballads like “Come on In” and “Kentucky Gambler.”

It won’t be long before Mike Denvir has you thinking “Wasn’t that a party?” when he takes center stage as the evening’s headliner.

The final night, Sunday July 17, will see Tyrone starlet Cliona Hagen give her cowboy yodel to get the crowd moving. Finally, if you’ve been ‘Living For The Jive’, Antrim artist Johnny Brady has you covered as he prepares to close out the busy weekend on a high.

A community affair

Like most events around the world, the long-awaited festival has had to be postponed for the past two years due to Covid restrictions, but nothing stops plans for 2022.

The Mullahoran-based festival was organized by members of Mullahoran Dreadnoughts GFC and will be run by members and volunteers from start to finish. “All club members and volunteers will be in charge of running the entire show, cleaning toilets, litter and spills – so it’s very much a community event,” says Ciaran.

“It’s also great for building relationships in the parish – people meeting and helping each other who probably wouldn’t see each other throughout the week, so a lot of people thought it was great last time.”

As every year, many people are expected to travel to South Cavan Parish from all over Ireland. “We’ve had people from as far away as Dublin, Kildare, Leitrim and even had people from Offaly to the last as well, all the surrounding counties.”

Safe and secure

With such a big event in such a small area, safety and security are at the top of the festival committee’s agenda. “The previous two years we had an exit and an entrance, so we parked in the main playground just next to the complex, which is also lit. Participants have light access all the way to the entrance of the sports complex where the dance takes place, so it’s very secure all around.

The committee has hired professional security staff to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible. The area will also be divided into different sections to allow everyone to have the best time possible. “The main sports complex, which is authorized by the fire service to hold 1,000 people, will be used only for dancing. There will also be a marquee on the side of this building with a bar. There will therefore be no mixing with drinkers and dancers, ”explained the head of the club.

Motorhomes and showers

Ciaran was delighted to announce that anyone wishing to stay for the entire festival weekend will be catered for. “People can bring and park their motorhomes at the event. We will also be providing showers in the locker rooms for anyone who decides to stay over for the weekend.

Night or weekend tickets can be purchased in advance via the Mullahoran Dreadnoughts Facebook page, or alternatively attendees can pay at the door.

So dust off your jiving shoes and waltz to Mullahoran for an evening to remember!

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