Mallow is the place to be this weekend, according to Mayor Noel O’Connor who has issued an invitation to visit the many attractions such as the Racing Home for Easter Festival, which runs from Saturday to Wednesday, and also the River Raft Run which takes place on Sunday.

The festival starts on Saturday with a pre-1940s vintage car run, a pet show, family fun in the grounds of Mallow Castle, street performances, historical walks and top class racing. On Sunday the Main Street will be closed to traffic for the very popular Food and Craft Fair, and other attractions include a pre-1940s vintage car display at Market Square, the Rotary Ball Run on O’Brien Street, story time for children in the library, the River Raft Run, historical walks and not forgetting the crowning of the best dressed lady and gentleman at the race-course.

On Monday you will get a chance to take part in a 10k family fun cycle, followed by point-to-point action at the racecourse, historical walks and a festival concert in St James’s Church.

On Tuesday Dan Doolan will give a talk about the famous white deer in the castle, while a plaque will be unveiled at the library to honour Mallow’s three literary greats, Thomas Davis, Canon Sheehan and William O’Brien. There will also be a writers’ workshop in the library.

On Wednesday Dan Doolan will lead an historical walk along Main Street and there will also be a Canon Sheehan walk in Doneraile, and the festival will end with a Gathering Concert in St James’s Church featuring Cór Mhagh Ealla and local school choirs.

Mayor O’Connor extended warm greetings to those returning to Mallow over the Easter weekend and said he hoped they would enjoy a very special visit in this, the Year of the Gathering.