Ardmore Pattern Festival reaches a milestone in the coming year, 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the modern history. From the original committee, John Supple and Maurice Power have served a full decade with the festival, since their first in 2007. This is a huge achievement for the community run festival and there’s only one way to celebrate reaching this milestone, and that’s by doing it all year long!
It all kicks off on New Year’s Day with the legendary Phil Coulter LIVE in concert in St. Declan’s Church, Ardmore at 4pm. Rosie Mansfield, committee member was excited to reveal “Tickets are heavily subsidised by the festival as our 10 year gift to everyone and so they’re just €10 each. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the ISPCC and Irish Cancer Society. It’s an amazing chance to see a world class act, on a fresh New Year’s Day! It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.” Tickets are available from the Post Office and the Brigid Shelly Art Gallery, both on Main Street, Ardmore.
Phil Coulter was the fourth born to parents from N. Ireland; he grew up in Derry and is a musician, songwriter and producer. He has a string of awards and accolades to his name including 23 platinum discs, 39 gold discs, 52 silver discs, two Grand Prix Eurovision awards; five Ivor Novello Awards, including Songwriter of the Year; a Grammy Nomination and National Entertainment Award. He is one of the biggest record sellers in Ireland. 2015 saw him celebrate his 50 year anniversary in music so who better to help us celebrate 10 years of Ardmore Pattern Festival!
It doesn’t stop there though; the festival committee are really starting 2016 with a bang as directly after the concert there will be a fireworks display across Ardmore Bay. Ms Mansfield also said “It’s one of the most loved events during the festival and what better way to mark 10 years of history and fun than with a fireworks spectacular.”
2016 will also mark the final year of the current committee members, all of whom wish to thank everyone who has supported the festival over the past decade, supported them personally during their voluntary work with the committee and of course all of the sponsors and those who donate to the festival.
John Supple, committee member said “We’ve been so thankful for all of the work and support that the festival receives year in, year out. It still amazes me every year. The organisation of the festival is a huge undertaking and we couldn’t have done it without all of the helping hands along the way – so thank you all. This year is the perfect time to celebrate our success throughout the year before we step down.”
For more information about Ardmore Pattern Festival visit www.ardmorepatternfestival.ie or see their facebook page.