Athy Bluegrass Festival
Last weekend was a great weekend for Galway as they took on Cork in the Senior Hurling Championship and beat them 2-23 to 1-14. Their victory on Saturday means they are now through to the Quarter Finals and will face Waterford next weekend. After Waterford’s poor performance against Tipperary on Sunday there’s every chance Galway could beat them and make it through to the All-Ireland Semi Final. Unfortunately they weren’t as lucky in the football though and were knocked out in the qualifiers by Meath. However, my adopted county Kildare did make it through to the next round after their win over Laois on Saturday so hopefully they’ll get revenge for Galway and beat Meath in their game this weekend!
It was a busy weekend for festivals in Kildare with Oxygen taking place in Punchestown and the annual Blue Grass Festival in Athy. The Athy festival may not attract the same large crowds as Oxygen but there was still a great turn out. This year’s 21st annual festival was sponsored by the Carlton Abbey Hotel and most of the concerts took place there. I didn’t make it down to the festival this year but from what I’ve heard the whole weekend was a great success.
This week Limerick announced there bid to host the Rugby League World Cup in 2013 which will hopefully be successful. I think it’s a great idea to campaign for this as Thomond Park would be the ideal venue to host it and it would be a great boost for the tourism in Limerick and for Irish Rugby. Our Limerick hotel, the Carlton Castletroy Park Hotel, are fully behind the campaign and on their behalf I’d encourage everyone to show their support for Limerick!
Hopefully the weather we’ve had the past few days will continue for the weekend but if not I’ve plenty of GAA games to watch to keep me busy!