Welcome to the Hollywood Fair 2016


The Hollywood Fair Committee is busy making final preparations for the Annual Fair which takes place from Thursday 18th to Sun 21st August. The 2016 Hollywood Fair promises to be hugely entertaining with something of interest for everyone. The pre-1950s rural heritage theme of the Fair has proved a real hit with people. All in attendance embrace the spirit of the occasion and enjoy the spectacle of seeing each other dressed in pre-1950s attire! Whether it’s nostalgia for the past or something else, both the farming community and townspeople alike have been flocking to Hollywood in the last 5 years to be part of the celebration. 

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This year, the Fair commences with a Ceili/Set-Dancing session on the Thursday night in the GAA Centre. On Friday evening at 8.15pm a production called ‘Face the Short Kick-out’ written and performed by the Blessington’s Richard Lynch takes place in the Hollywood Community Centre. This will be followed by traditional music and singing in the Ceilidh House in the village on Friday night. On Saturday evening Bishop Eamonn Walsh will concelebrate the old-style Latin Mass in St. Kevin’s Church at 6pm with local clergy. Dressed in pre-1950s attire the large attendance usually make their way by pony and trap, vintage vehicles, bikes and shank’s mare. After Mass a slow-bicycle race is followed by a re-enactment of the 1916 Executions at Kilmainham Gaol.


On Sunday, there will a Guinness World Record attempt for the largest number of people (Men, Women and Children) wearing flat-caps at a single event. And of course there will be the usual exhibitions of traditional crafts such as blacksmithing, stonecutting, threshing, thatching, wood-turning and butter making. The indoor handicrafts being displayed included spinning, knitting and sewing. Among the items on display are vintage cars and farm machinery.  The renowned Lisdoonvarna Match-Maker Willie Daly will attend the Fair on Sunday. Another major attraction is the Sheep Show: competition for the various categories attracts intense local interest. Entrance fee for a wonderful family day-out is just three euro for adults with children under-12 free.


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