Soundwavey Fun Cycle and Picnic

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Sunday 22nd, Meet at Skerries Mills car park 12 noon – free

See our blog for pictures of this event & more.

This cycle is for all the family.  Organised by the Skerries Cycling Initiative (SCI)
Children must be competent cyclists and be chaperoned by an adult.

Picnic by the Rose Garden, Ardgillan, 1-2pm followed by “Wavey-Wavey”! Depart for Skerries Mills not later than 2.30pm, back in time for Lego & Minecraft Exhibition and the UkuHooligans

Fun Cycle 2010

Ray Ryan of the Skerries Cycling Initiative writes:

“The Soundwavers are getting their bikes ready for the SOUNDWAVEY FUN CYCLE TO ARDGILLAN organised by the Skerries Cycling Initiative (SCI) for Sunday September 22nd with a picnic by the Rosegarden. And if you think you can disappear without a trace during WAVEY-WAVEY , – HAH!, we’re going to FIND you!

All cyclists are welcome on the Fun Cycle but children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. There is some hill-climbing involved so this event is not suitable for small children who are not proficient cyclists.

Wavey Wavey by Michael Johnston
Do you see the wavey hand?

Cyclists will meet at the Skerries Mills car park at 12 noon, Sunday September 22nd, weather permitting. The SCI will provide stewards to assist the peloton in getting through junctions along the way.
Please check brakes, gears, tyre pressure, saddle height and lubrication. 
Children must be capable of using brakes on their bikes as the route includes significant descents in both directions.

Route to be followed : from the Skerries Mills car park via Millers Lane to  the railway roundabout, under the bridge followed by an immediate right turn up Togher Hill to Milverton Gates and right again along Ardla Rd. to Ardgillan.
For those who want it, a stewarded return to Skerries Mills Car Park will be offered in the early afternoon.

Don’t miss this chance to cycle safely to Ardgillan and have lots of fun on the way, and during the picnic! Weather permitting, as Ray says.

Ryan O’Shaughnessy and Band, with local Support Acts

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Saturday 28th, gates open at 1.45pm, Skerries Mills Courtyard – €10. 

Family- / teen-friendly, alcohol-free gig

Ryan OShaughnessyGorgeous Ryan O’Shaughnessy’s Britain’s Got Talent audition has received twenty million hits on YouTube, his 2012 song “No Name” is nearing the two-million mark already, and now you have the opportunity to see him live – in Skerries.

Simon Cowell: “Easiest decision I’ve ever had to make… Yes!”

Well, Simon, choosing Ryan O’Shaughnessy to perform at his (and our!) local festival was the easiest decision WE ever had to make too!

Fantastic support line-up bursting with local talent!

Support acts include: Hannah Hawkshaw, Sarah Enright, Fergus Grant and Eva Campbell.

Eva Campbell is an 11-year-old Skerries singer songwriter & a music student of local legend Liz Seaver.Eva
Having  won Skerries Got Talent (under 12’s) in Soundwaves 2012, and  also coming in as runner up in School stars talent (under 12’s)  contest last Christmas,
where she won some musical equipment for her school Réalt Na Mara, Eva is now making a name for herself in her own right.
When she is not busy on stage with Theatreworx, Eva is comfortable playing the guitar or piano alike, singing contemporary songs and even enjoys belting out  classic ballads from the likes of Sinéad O’Connor, The Cranberries, & Florence & The Machine . Eva will warm up Ryans fans and will perform live on stage at 2pm.
Hannah Hawkshaw from Balbriggan, is a 16 year old singer/songwriter and fashion blogger of www.hannahsfashionblog.com.Hannah

She has always loved music, writing songs from a young age, and is currently working on her upcoming EP which she hopes to launch in the coming months. She is also an established Irish fashion blogger with a growing following and has recently been featured in KISS magasine, YOU magazine and Xposé magazine.

For the gig, she plans on singing Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me”, and also, two of her own songs, “Beautiful” and “Don’t Want You Now”.

Fergus GrantFergus Grant is currently a music student in Trinity College. He sings and plays the guitar, and is also a well-known local Rugby player.  Before leaving Skerries Community College, he starred as Troy Bolton in High School Musical!

Sarah EnrightSarah Enright, age 15, plays piano, guitar, saxophone, and sings.  She was a finalist (singing and playing piano) in School Stars 2012, and came 2nd in Skerries Got Talent 2012 (singing and playing the sax).  She sings for school events, and has sung at weddings and funerals.  Sarah has performed in Christmas pantomimes in the Tivoli Theatre and the Helix, and was an Orphan in Annie in the Gaiety.  Liz Seaver is her piano and guitar teacher,  Sarah goes to Fiona Mullaney for singing lessons, and to the Moore School of Performing Arts for drama, dancing and musical theatre.

Ham Sandwich – the Soundwaves Anniversary Concert

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Photographs: Krystyna, Skerries Mills, and Michael McKenna, Skerries Camera Club.

Saturday 28th, gates open  6 pm, Skerries Mills Courtyard – €15/€25 for limited VIP tickets

One of the most enthralling live acts in recent times, Ham Sandwich are well known for their incendiary live performances which have put them right at the top of the live acts to see today.

Ham Sandwich

The past 12 months have seen them conquering some of Europe’s top festivals.

Support from Cat Dowling, Mojo GoGo, Liz Seaver and Gun Runner. Food and drink available, including delicious Farmers’ Market fare.

Check out some of the exciting music in advance, on:



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Sunday 29th, 12.45, outside St. Patrick’s Church – free

The crowds coming out of 12 o’clock Mass will be met by the sounds of a live Céilí Band with some of Fingal’s best young musicians.
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They will entertain the crowds for an hour before lunch. MC Mary Keane of Inis Rua will lead us through the moves as only she can. Join in, or simply watch!
A festival favourite for many. Don’t miss it!

Rock Trailer

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Some pictures from the 2013 Rock Trailer, with a big thanks to the Battle of the Band Facebook page / Debbie Stevens for letting us have them.

Sunday 29th, 2pm-5pm, Strand Street – free. 

Six bands entertain the street party with Rock & more from the Rock Trailer, among them The Black Captain from Balrothery and this year’s winners and runners-up of the Battle of the Band, Crooked Edge and Vicinity Overtone.

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Dance Dimension will perform as well. We recommend to keep coming back to the Trailer to see as many of the groups and dancers as possible!

This year’s running order is:


Street Party

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Sunday 29th, 2pm-5pm, Strand Street – free.

This year we have live street theatre, Dance Dimensions, stalls-a-plenty, your favourite cartoon characters, an A to Z of crafts, foods and much more. There are a lots of games taking place on the day of the Street Party along with a few surprises not to be missed.

Also on this afternoon, there will be the Skerries Community Association Volunteer Corner, an Art Exhibition in a local curator’s house, and the Musical Oasis.
And our trailer of local talent will make sure that SKERRIES ROCKS!

Please note that parts of Strand Street will be temporarily closed to ensure the safety of all at the Party.

SCA Community Volunteer Corner

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Some pictures from the Lego Corner (part of the Soundwaves Community Volunteer Corner stall):

Sunday 29th, 2pm-5pm, Strand Street – free.

The Skerries Community Association is hosting a “community corner” where you can discover the multitude of
interesting activities that go on in Skerries and find out how to get involved. All local voluntary groups are
welcome to apply for space. Bring your own stand. See www.skerriesca.com for more details.