Inch Festival 2017 Begins This Weekend With Crowning of Festival Queen

By Alan Sheehan

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This year’s Inch Festival will get underway with the crowning of the Festival Queen this Saturday, 9 September.
The first event of this year’s festival will commence at 8pm at the Killeagh/Inch community hall in Killeagh, with 11 young ladies in the running to be crowned Festival Queen.
The 11 contestants, who represent a variety of clubs, pubs and businesses in the East Cork area, are Melissa Joyce, Ciara O’Brien, Emily Aherne, Cait Delaney, Claire Keniry, Sorcha Keniry, Becky Fennessy, Chloe Delany, Maria Sicignano, Aisling Dineen and Niamh O’Brien.
The winner will, in addition to the title of Festival Queen, receive a night for two at the Maryborough Hotel and Spa. Live music will be performed on the night by the Youghal Comhaltas Group.
The annual Inch Festival will run from this Saturday through to Sunday, 1 October and will raise money towards the Inch Building Fund.
The next events will be a Bingo night on Wednesday, 13 September, again at 8.15pm at the community centre, and a Juvenile Table Quiz taking place from 7.30pm two days later on Friday, 15 September.
The following weekend, Saturday, 16 September, will see a Music Night held by Longs Bar in Mount Uniacke, with a Treasure Hunt beginning at the community centre at 11am on Sunday, 24 September.
Powers Bar in Mount Uniacke will host an Adult Table Quiz night on Thursday, 28 September from 8.30pm with the final confirmed event being a Bazaar at the community centre from 2pm on Sunday, 1 October.
The Inch Festival is organised by the Inch Community Centre Committee and the proceeds raised will go towards its Building and Refurbishment Programme. So far the committee has expended €150,000 in funding said programme, which includes a number of improvements to the community centre such as an extension (which includes a disabled-accessible bathroom as well as associated infrastructure works to include septic tank treatment unit), improvements to the amenity area around the centre and refurbishment of the heating and electrical systems.

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