Top of the Hill Festival Cobh

By Claire O’Donoghue

Winner of the Bonny Baby Compeition Harley Cronin, who celebrated her 1st birthday on the 1 June (Photo courtesty of Sean Truscott).

The Top of the Hill Festival in Cobh made a triumphant return last weekend with a full programme of free fun and frolics for all the family. Beginning on Saturday and running through Sunday, children’s activities ranged from bouncy castles to face painting, the fun bus to balloon animals and everything in between. Businesses in the area laid out stalls with their wares, allowing festival goers to browse at leisure viewing all on show. The glorious sunshine, of course, brought everyone out to soak up the atmosphere.
The festival opened with marvellous performances from the Sinead Sheppard School of Dance, displaying their talents with all members on stage at the Cork Opera House in recent weeks. Competitions for Colouring (1st prize Jamie Tabb), Fancy Dress, Mini Queen, Glamorous Granny (Breda Curley), Bonny Baby (Harley Cronin) and, not to be left out, there was a best breed competition for the family dog!
Adults, too, had plenty to keep them entertained with nightly music in the bars and a darts expo with the former world champion, Dutchman Jelle “The Cobra” Klassen. Jelle, was the youngest darts player to win the World Darts Championship in 2006, aged 21. Burger eating competitions, wet sponge throwing and much more besides including a complete revival of the 80’s with live music and fancy dress too!
Speaking with the East Cork Journal, festival goer Sarah Truscott said “Well done to all the Top of the Hill Business Association. It was a great comeback for the festival and I hope that the tradition will continue for many years to come.” Ger Curley, Chairman of the Top of the Hill Business Association, said he was delighted with the success of the weekend and added “I’d like to thank everyone at the Community Centre, especially Gwen, Catherine and John. Also huge thanks to all our sponsors, volunteers and stewards who helped on the day. I must say a special thank you also to the Red Cross and to all who attended the festival and helped make it so successful.”