Republican News · Thursday 23 July 1998

[An Phoblacht]

North Belfast gets Féile fever

Festival fever is on us once again with the launch this week of two north Belfast Féiles.

The New Lodge Féile was launched at the Ashton centre on Tuesday 21 July by Sinn Féin Assembly member, Gerry Kelly. It will run from 4 - 8 August and will include sports events, workshops, bus runs, poker drives, computer classes, concerts and even a teddy bears' picnic.

Main events will include a Family fun night at 7pm on Tuesday 4 August, assembling at Duncairn Parade and incorporating an adult and children's disco with Pado's roadshow, street entertainers and fire eaters. There will be a tribute concert to the late Paddy McManus in St Kevin's Hall on Thursday 6 August at 8pm. This will feature Gerry Maguire & Azure, and the band More Power To Your Elbow.

Most of the events are free although there is a 3 fee for concerts in St Kevin's Hall with all profits being put back into community events.

The Ardoyne Féile was launched the following on Wednesday at the Ardoyne Community Centre by former community activist of the year, Brendan Bradley, and will run from 2 - 9 August.

It too has a packed programme of events and will include a number of major concerts, notably a free open air gig by the Wolfe Tones..The Whole Shebang theatre Company presents `Out Of It' at the Pop Bar at 7.30pm on Tuesday 4 August.

Other delights here include a baseball match featuring the Ardoyne Red Socks at 3pm on Saturday 8 August on the Bone pitch in Ardoyne. It's worth reminding all prospective players that this is NOT a contact sport!

On the same day, at the same time, on the Holy Cross school pitch there is the Strongman Competition. So if you think you're `well `ard' have a go at this one which includes arm wrestling and tug o' war events.

So whether you are young or old, energetic or idle, there's sure to be something to suit every taste at both festivals. A complete what's on where guide can be obtained from the relevant festival office.

Frank Cahill Memorial Lecture

This year's Frank Cahill Memorial Lecture, as part of the West Belfast Festival, will be presented by Fr Des Wilson in the Conway Mill Theatre on Monday 3 August at 8.00pm.

The lecture is entitled `We didn't take ``No'' for an answer. Lessons from West Belfast.' It will explore the community's development of social, culture and educational forums over the last thirty years to address the problems of the area and release the potential of its people.

Fr Wilson has worked in the west of the city for all of that time and is currently the Director of Springhill Community House.

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