Up to 40, 000 expected to attend Lady of the Lake


Lady of the lake 2014

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FESTIVAL goers are in for a treat as one of the biggest and popular events in the Lady of the Lake Festival calendar got underway yesterday (Wednesday).


Up to 7,000 people were expected to attend the annual Traditional Fair Day which kicked off at 12pm yesterday on Irvinestown’s Main Street.

Lisa Wallace, who is chairman of the Lady of the Lake Festival and has been involved in the festival for approximately 12 years, described the success of Friday’s launch night.

The chief organiser of seven years said: “The first few days of the festival went very well and we thought that with the rain it would keep people away but it attracted brilliant crowds and thankfully the rain stopped later in the evening.

“The launch night was great and the Lady of the Lake 2014 was also revealed.  It’s a very closely guarded secret and only two people, myself and Joe Mahon, know who she is. The less people who know then the better as more people will come out to see who has been selected.

“Event wise, it was a quiet day on Saturday because it coincided with the Twelfth. Ourselves and the Orange Order helped put the bunting up for the Twelfth and the festival and the day was well attended by both sides of the community, everyone enjoyed it. It was estimated that over 10,000 people came out on the day.

“On Sunday we had our Donkey Derby and sports activities for kids then we had our fishing competition which was held at Castle Archdale.

“Then a number of local ministers and priests and the community choir went out to White Island.


“Over 100 people went out to the island to have a 30 minute service of Bible readings and hymns.

“Overall we expect there to be about 40,000 people to have attended the festival.”

For pictorial coverage see the Fermanagh Herald this week.

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