Three days of top class horseracing, awesome theatrics from Macnas, stunning fashion and hours of street entertainment are on offer during the Racing Home for Easter Festival in Mallow, Ireland, on Easter Bank Holiday weekend, 7th, 8th and 9th April.

This is the third year of the festival which continues to grow each year. This year’s festival kicks off with the first of three performances by the internationally renowned theatrical group Macnas, a new addition to the 2012 programme of events. Macnas are bringing their current touring show “Rumpus” including a 20-foot suspended hare to the streets of Mallow at various times throughout Easter Saturday and one very special performance at Mallow Castle at 7pm that evening.

Easter Saturday will also see the town’s Main Street pedestrianised to accommodate three music stages, a 36-foot crocodile tunnel, carousel, bouncing castles, face painters and allow families to relax and wander the streets to enjoy the atmosphere.

Festival chairperson Mary Kelly says Mallow will be alive this Easter: “We really want to get the message out there loud and clear that Mallow is the only place to be in Ireland this Easter. We have really pushed the boat this year, with something for everyone in the programme of events, from racing, food, fashion, culture, theatre and live music.”

On Easter Sunday, the Food and Craft Fair will take over from St James’ Avenue to the Clock House, with demand for stalls exceeding all expectations. Organiser Ian Lucey says, “We have been inundated with requests for stalls this year, as well as those who have attended over the years, it seems that word of mouth is spreading about our event.” Families will be entertained on the day by Cork Circus performers, the mobile pet farm and the Rotary Club’s Ball Run in aid of local charities.

Also on Easter Sunday at Cork Racecourse Mallow, TV3’s Xposé host Karen Koster will be on hand to judge the style on Ladies Day. With almost €2000 worth of prizes, including the top prize of a €1000 voucher for Luna Bella Boutique, there has been massive interest in the event. “Cork ladies are amongst Ireland’s most stylish, so I’m looking forward to a very fashionable Bank Holiday,” says former Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) style ambassador Karen.

Easter Monday sees the focus return to sport, with the return of the very popular 10km Family Fun Cycle at Mallow GAA Complex and point to point winners action at Cork Racecourse Mallow.

Festival chairperson Mary Kelly says, “From historical guided walks to art displays in store windows, we are trying to cater for everyone and provide some much needed value for money for price conscious families who want to enjoy some quality time with their families this Easter. It has been a hectic 12 months but we are all really looking forward to Easter.”

Treasurer Denis Murphy says, “Once again for 2012, we owe a debt of gratitude to our many sponsors especially Cork County Council, who have made a massive contribution to this year’s event and to all our other festival partners and friends, for backing us especially during the tough economic situation at the moment, we simply couldn’t do it without them.”

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Allison is the Publisher of Eclipse Magazine. She loves going to the Races and is learning to bet (despite being officially the worst bettor in the History of the Universe), there's a lot more to learn...

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