MAYOR Reg Kidd believes “success is a real possibility” for an Irish festival in Orange, and is urging residents to help steer the concept to fruition.
A public meeting will be held later this month, at which a community-based committee will be formed to flesh out the features of the Irish-themed event.
Cr Kidd said it was worthwhile exploring adding to the city’s suite of festivals, which already included the “well-supported” Orange Wine Festival and FOOD Week.
There are spaces in Orange’s annual calendar where a new festival could be held.Orange mayor Reg Kidd
“They are examples of events that celebrate the strengths of our local community and attract visitors from across the country,” he said.
“If the same community support is forthcoming for an Irish festival then success is a real possibility.
“There are spaces in Orange’s annual calendar where a new festival could be held, and now’s the opportunity for local residents to have their say.”
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Councillor Kevin Duffy said the idea for the new festival, first raised in a council meeting last month, had come from the community.
“The Irish heritage in Australia includes rich traditions of food and music and there’s so much to celebrate,” Cr Duffy said.
“In other towns, an Irish festival has been about music concerts, street parades, dancing and traditional Irish food.
“It will be up to a local community committee to see what would work here and how it would all come together.”
The public meeting will be held in Orange City Council chambers in Byng Street at 6pm on Tuesday, November 27.
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