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Line-up for Old Fort Quarter Festival revealed

Line-up for Old Fort Quarter Festival revealed. Pictured today at the launch of the Old Fort Quarter festival were: Ross Adams; Heidi Whitten; Maria Corcoran; Shay Cullen and his raven Fiachra; Dinah Thorneycroft; PJ O’Brien; Caothaoirleach of Laois County Council Padraig Fleming; Members of the organising committee.
Line-up for Old Fort Quarter Festival revealed. Pictured today at the launch of the Old Fort Quarter festival were: Ross Adams; Heidi Whitten; Maria Corcoran; Shay Cullen and his raven Fiachra; Dinah Thorneycroft; PJ O’Brien; Caothaoirleach of Laois County Council Padraig Fleming; Members of the organising committee.

Medieval heritage, music acts, street theatre, and a comic book convention will be amongst the highlights of this year’s Old Fort Quarter Festival, taking place from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 June 2018.

Now in its third year, the festival will take place across various locations in the centre of Portlaoise, from midday to late, daily.

Many of the events are free-to-attend and spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis – so early attendance is advised.

New for 2018, attendees at the three-day festival will get to enjoy an additional entertainment stage, along with a dedicated comedy stage.

This year’s line-up features the following highlights, with more acts still to be announced:

Music acts: Smash Hits; Roll With It – Ultimate Oasis Tribute; The Frank & Walters; Transmitter; The Valves; The Jury; and a Silent Disco.

Medieval heritage: archery, armoury, birds of prey, shield making, crafts, cookery and historic tours.

Crinniú na nÓg: a wide range of free heritage workshops and performances for children and young people.

Street theatre: stilt walkers, jugglers, puppet shows, giant games, face painting.

Celtic Comic Con: graphic novel and comic book market, gaming zone.

Comedy stage: Heritage re-enactment displays, Daily walking tours, Artisan food market.

Commenting at today’s launch, Ivor O’Loughlin, Festival Chairperson said: “Following a packed-out festival last year, we’re excited to be back for its third year and with our strongest line-up yet.

“The Old Fort Quarter Festival has something to offer for all the family – from heritage re-enactments, to walking tours to a silent disco – and this year, we’ve expanded the festival by adding a second entertainment stage as well as a dedicated comedy stage.

“We’d encourage anyone with an interest in medieval heritage, music, comedy, theatre and gourmet food to join us in June for the annual celebration of the Old Fort of Maryborough.”

The Old Fort Quarter Festival is sponsored by Rockshore Irish Lager and is supported by the Laois Partnership.

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