Dalriada Festival welcomes strongmen

Published Friday, 11 July 2014
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The Dalriada Festival returns to Co Antrim during this July Bank Holiday, with Scotland's strongmen kicking off a huge programme of events in the picturesque village of Glenarm.

Now in its 20th year, the Highland Games will see Scotland's 'Champion of Champions' have their strength, passion and pride tested from 13 to 14 July.

Across two days Scotland's strongmen will take on the might of Northern Ireland as old scores will be settled.

Adrian Morrow, Festival Director, said: "[We are] looking forward to welcoming the 'Champion of Champions' from Scotland for the Highland Games at this year's festival.

"These strongmen will be a sight to behold and will no doubt hold our visitors in awe.

"We've got a few of the big hunks coming over to toss the caber which is about probably 80 or 90 kilos in weight and about 20 foot tall.

"It is basically just like ripping a telegraph pole out of the ground and throwing it. It's one of the most popular events.

"There is so much happening this year, we have five different stages, music stages, we have a whole range of jazz in the garden where you have a cream tea. We have banjos and a range of different folk music as well."

The Highland Games kicks off the fourth Dalriada Festival in partnership with UTV, and will feature a mix of sport, music and fine foods.

Country music favourite Nathan Carter will also be appearing at the festival to headline Dalriada Live 2014 following his hugely successful appearance during last year's event.

Dalriada Live will now feature two nights of live music on 13 and 14 July, with country legend Mike Denver as the headline act for second night, along with special guests.

Across the weekend visitors will be treated to celebrity chef demos, a craft village and fine food.

The Wacky B.O.B show - the world's only sheep, pig and goat extravaganza replaces last year's much talked about Sheep Fashion Show.

The festivities will continue throughout the week as from 15 to 19 July visitors can enjoy sporting action including Super Endurocross, a beach mounted rally, Dalriada Wipeout, Kids duathalon and a fun run.

New to the festival this year is Dalriada Sessions which will feature traditional music from Haste to the Wedding, gypsy jazz swing with a twist Manouche Swing and the award winning JP Mac's The Jonny Cash and June Carter Show.

Events will come to a close on Sunday 19 July with a spectacular fireworks display, street entertainment, rowing regatta, fancy dress parade and live music.

Mr Morrow continued: "We are also very privileged to have Mike Denver as part of our Dalriada Live musical line up. Country music has seen a recent surge in popularity and with Mike Denver following on from Nathan Carter the festival is definitely the place to be if you are a country fan."

Michael Wilson, Managing Director of UTV added: "UTV is delighted to join forces once again with the P&O Ferries Dalriada Festival in Glenarm which promises to deliver a fabulous week for all the family this July.

"We look forward to capturing the essence of the activities taking place on the North Coast of Antrim on UTV for all our viewers, with regular updates online on u.tv and interviews on U105."

The Dalriada Festival runs from 13 to 19 July 2014.

© UTV News
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