Excitement as Headford counts down to Headfest

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Ger Gibbons, Matthew Cooper (Karol Curran Plant Hire), Liam Mcdonagh, Alan Mcdonell (McDonnell Transport) Eoin O Sullivan, Pj Walsh, Ger Monaghan, Jason Gavin, John Keady, John Mchugh, Barry Monaghan Main Sponsor, Avril Sweeney, Holly Sweeney, John McGrath , Christine Flanagan, Cllr Andrew Reddington

Excitement is building in Headford ahead of the summer calendar as the town gears up to host its hugely successful Headfest extravaganza.

The three-day festival takes place over the June Bank Holiday weekend with of family fun, lively entertainment, arts culture sure to delight people of all ages.

Former Justice Minister Nora Owens has the honour of officially opening Headfest 2023 when she delivers a talk on Michael Collins.

Headfest Chairperson Liam Mcdonagh said the huge effort put in by the volunteer led community was sure to deliver another huge successful festival.

“It is absolutely wonderful to be back again doing what we love, which is bringing a long weekend of music and fun to our community,” he said.

Headfest has been organised in partnership with Moyne Villa FC since 2017 and we are grateful to the club for offering up its ground for the Monaghan’s Mega Marquee for three nights of music and entertainment.

Liam said there is something for every age, including the annual Tractor Truck and Vintage run which goes from Headford Mart on 3 June at 3pm.

This year’s run will raise funds for Croí­ Heart Stroke Charity along with the Paediatric Unit at University Hospital Galway who took extra special care of new born Holly Sweeney from Kilbeg in Headford whose mum Avril is on the Headfest committee.

Music highlights  

Among the highlights of this year’s event include the hugely popular Tumbling Paddies on Friday, June 2, supported by Ruby Red, while Saturday, June 3 sees the turn of Gerry Guthrie and Cliona Hagan to delight their fans at the Mega Marquee.

The Thirsty Crows and All Folkd up play the final night Sunday, June 4 and the younger revellers will be facilitated with a special teen disco for First and Second year students where Tiktok sensation Black Paddy will be manning the decks along with DJ Aidi.

Other Attractions  

Other attractions to keep an eye on include the annual craft market Headford’s fittest family and the Mattie Reddington tournament which is hosted by Headford GAA.

Liam said Headfest is driven by the community, with the generous support of Monaghans who are the main sponsors along with Campbell’s Tavern and the Anglers Rest Hotel.

The response locally is huge and Liam is advising people to get their tickets on Eventbrite.ie as ticket sales are selling fast.