‘Best ever’ Clonmany festival

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The 47th annual Clonmany Festival has been hailed as the ‘best ever’ by organisers following another bumper week of events.

Tens of thousands of visitors poured into Clonmany for the week long festival to hear the best in country music in the open air and take part in a whole range of family-friendly events.

“The festival has never gone better than it is going now, and that’s down to the way the whole community gets behind it,” a spokesman for the organising committee said yesterday (Wednesday).

“We have 300 volunteers involved for the festival week. Every organisation in the parish pitches in and supplies manpower. The sports clubs all rally behind us – there’s a great community spirit.

“We had people who had never been involved in the festival before coming in and getting involved this year – and the new blood is very welcome.

“We get unbelievably good feedback from our visitors. It lets us know we’re doing something right and helps keep us going.”

A particular highlight was Tuesday night when upwards on 4,000 people came out to hear Derek Ryan and his band despite incessant rain.

“Looking out at the rain teeming down at 4 o’clock, we said to ourselves this night’s finished, but it turned out to be one of the best nights of the week.

“The atmosphere was absolutely brilliant. If you were up in front of the stage, you’d have thought the sun was shining – everyone was in such good humour.

“When you see people coming out on a night like that, it makes you want to go on.”

Every bed in the village was booked long in advance, with festival goers filling hotels and renting homes as far afield as Carndonagh and Buncrana.

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