Fun event is €1million boost to local business

Mullingar welcomes week of sport, food, and family

In conjunction with Mullingar’s week of sporting activities, Destination Sport, which takes place next week from June 12 to 20 the Chamber has launched a family day of food and entertainment on June 20. The week long activities for all the family are expected to bring 10,000 into the town, creating a revenue of some €1million.

Karagh Fox, business development manager, said, “Destination Sport has huge potential for Mullingar town. It will be a great showcase for the town and its sporting amenities. Footfall for our local businesses should be greatly increased over the duration of the week.”

The week will include a bridge-to-bridge canal swim, tag rugby, cricket, and lots of cycling.

On Sunday June 20 from 12pm to 5pm Dominick Street in Mullingar will come alive with what promises to be a fun family day out for all.

The event, A Taste of Mullingar, organised in association with the Mullingar Chamber of Commerce, Westmeath County Council, the Dominick Street Traders, and the Farmers Market, is going to see a hive of activity on Dominick Street all day on Sunday June 20.

To support the closing ceremony of Destination Sport Mullingar, the traders of Dominick Street, and many more, will be out in their droves, on the street, selling an array of products not to mention the fine food stalls and handmade crafts, provided by the local farmers market.

Thomas Nally of Rochforts and member of the organising committee said, “This promises to be a great day. We’re really going to bring a festival feel to the street with all the stalls, tug-of-wars, music and lots of different children’s entertainment going on. There’s going to be a great buzz about the place on the day.”

Full event details of A Taste of Mullingar will be released next week.

As Dominick Street will be closed to traffic on June 20, the organisers are asking anyone who may leave their car on the street on the Saturday night, June 19, to kindly have it removed by 9am on Sunday morning, June 20, to facilitate the construction of tents and ease of set-up for the day.

Karagh Fox, business development manager with the Mullingar Chamber said, “It’s going to be a great day for the businesses not only on Dominick Street but throughout the town. The closing of Destination Sport, combined with A Taste of Mullingar should certainly see the streets alive and bustling.”

As part of the closing ceremony of Destination Sport Mullingar, around 65 of the Lakeside Wheelers will travel about 15-20 kilometres outside of Mullingar, to greet three cyclists, who will just have travelled the length and breadth of the country, as part of National Bike Week 2010. The bike brigade will travel up through Mount Street and reside at the bottom of Dominick Street where they’ll be welcomed by their many supporters, as well as some special guests that will be announced shortly.

Stalls are going to be set up from 10am Sunday morning. Dominick St/stalls will be open to the public from 12pm to 5pm. The street will be completely closed to traffic for the day. There will be loads of street entertainment for children, face painters, bouncing castles, AuntSally sponge throwing and lots more. There will even be an on-street tug-of-war competition.

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