Ireland’s newest and most unique festival is getting underway


In the last few years Ireland has become one of the best little hub’s for festivals in Europe.

We have music festivals, arts festivals, comedy festivals, food festivals, to name but a few. But now, there is a new festival taking over our fair Emerald Isle.

The first ever Heart of Ireland (Hi) Festival is taking place this weekend, 10th – 12th July in Mullingar.

And their objective? To make goodness cool!

The HI Festival aims to promote goodness as it is the cornerstone to success and happiness in life and they believe that it is a trait that is largely undervalued in our society.

In a display like no other, the streets of Mullingar will transform into a live 100 year timeline, starting with the 1920’s and displaying all the best traits from the past century. There is also a fancy dress competition for the best dressed so don’t be afraid to don the clothes from your favourite era.

There are a huge number of live acts as well, beginning with the Irish Chamber Orchestra on Friday 10th at 8pm in the Mullingar Arts Centre, followed by Rebecca Storm and special guest Emmet Cahill on the Saturday night.

In keeping with the festival’s unique theme, there is also pig-racing, the Flea Circus, the Armagh Rhymers, Lords of Strut, tug of war, chocolate meditation classes and loads more activities.

You can download the full festival programme here. And now, here is Father Murt to give you HIS opinion on this brand new festival.