TEN days of festivities came to a literally sparkling finale in Newbridge on Sunday evening as a massive fireworks display brought the curtain down on the Newbridge 200 celebrations.
fireworks followed a lively concert at St Conleth’s car park, headlined by internationally renowned artist Jack L, bringing the bi-centennial events formally to a close.
From the successful parade through the town and ensuing display on Saturday 8, through events including the historic photo exhibition, the black tie ball organised by the Rotary Club, the riverside Féile at the weekend, the special GAA exhibition game and the final musical performance and fireworks display, all events were well supported.
There was a terrific turnout for the closing fireworks display, with families and children revelling in what proved to be a great festive atmosphere.
The festival organisers are also keen to stress that the legacy of the bicentennial celebrations is set to continue, with events including the Newbridge Chamber’s business start-up competition, which will reach its finale in early October. The One Town, One Bookproject, involving local schools, is also underway.
“We were very happy, especially with the second weekend of events,” said festival chairman David O’Reilly, adding that up to 3,000 turned out for the Jack L concert and fireworks display, while the Féile on the river also proved to be a big draw, especially for the younger folk.
“All in all, we were delighted with the response. It was a very positive way to mark the town’s bi-centenary and it has encouraged us to look at future festivals,” Mr O’Reilly said, concluding with a word of thanks to all those organisations and sponsors whose support made the Newbridge 200 celebrations possible.