Bengour Harvest Festival 2017

Sunday 17th September 2017 was a beautiful calm sunny day in West Cork. This date marked the occasion of the 28th annual Bengour Harvest Festival fundraiser for cancer research, care & treatment. A large attendance came to enjoy the old time threshing with (the late) Hughie Harrington’s beautifully kept thresher. There were loads of attractions, children’s sports, art exhibition, sideshows, exhibitions etc. James Healy, National President of Macra na Feirme performed the official opening.

CAHCS had a stand which attracted a healthy level of visitors, and thanks to those dedicated members who manned the stand. Beside CAHCS was the West Cork Oral Heritage display. Marian O’Leary & Tommy Collins were the reps here. They also reported a lively evening with plenty of interest & several expressions of interest from people anxious to do their bit to save our heritage/folklore through recording older people in our communities who have a wealth of fast-disappearing knowledge. Music was provided by the excellent band ‘Borderline’ Newcestown Comhaltas also treated the crowds to some of their excellent music. Not forgetting the Bandon & District Pipe Band, who added a tough of panache to the proceedings.

Panorama of the opening of Bengour Harvest Festival by James Healy, National President of Macra na Feirme (Photo: Colum Cronin)

Pictured at Bengour Harvest Festival 2017 were (L to R) Mrs Breda O’Sullivan Caheragh (widow of the late Prof. Gerry O’Sullivan) Ms Paula McGovern, Head of Fundraising & Communications, Marymount Hospice, Tim O’Driscoll, Chairman, Bengour H.F., Ms Pat McCarthy, ACT, at Cork University Hospital, Ms Orla Dolan, General Manager, Breakthrough Cancer Research Centre & Mr James Healy, National President of Macra na Feirme who performed the official opening. 
Photo: Colum Cronin

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