By Dan Walsh in Enniscorthy
Enniscorthy town centre is returning to normal tonight, the food stalls have left, there is music in venues till the late hours, after many thousands visited the town at the super successful Rockin’ Food and Fruit Festival.
Thousands thronged the streets over two days with the only blip on the Saturday night when rain dampened proceedings from around 7pm. It is reckoned that the crowds were the biggest seen in the town since the glory days of the famous Strawberry Fair festival.
The event was described as “Ireland’s biggest rock and roll festival” and there was continuous music and dancing on the Market House stage every day. Night-time music and merriment took place at 14 venues and were well attended with visiting groups praising the festival organisers and hosts and thanking them for “a wonderful time in Enniscorthy.”
The food stalls were busy throughout the weekend. They reported a busy trade and were pleased with the town centre location which augurs well for the future development of the festival.
The funfair is still going late into the night. Long queues throughout the day as children and teenagers took on the thrill of the bumping cars and other fairground activity.
The exciting arrival of the steam train was delayed by half an hour, but nobody minded, and an energetic bunch of dancers kept everybody entertained at Enniscorthy Station until the 300 passengers from Dublin disembarked and were given a warm welcome to Enniscorthy.
The steam train excursion was sold out within hours when it was first advertised. At Enniscorthy the visitors from the capital were replaced by 300 more passengers, mostly family groups, who enjoyed a return day excursion to Rosslare Strand.
The train was more than an hour late on arrival back in Enniscorthy where the locals disembarked, the 300 from Dublin, having enjoyed the delights of Enniscorthy, took advantage of the return trip and steamed away with wonderful memories.
It was a truly family fun occasion experienced in pleasant weather conditions.
And good news for the town’s age friendly and family friendly image, the weekend was successful in a safe and friendly way, as it should be, and no issues of anti-social behaviour or unsavoury happenings were reported.