Kids Tea Party
Our newly refurbished town centre boasts a beautiful new pedestrian square in Dominick Street which will be transformed for our Multi-denominational Tea Party. Picture tables adorned with vintage style bunting, cupcakes, balloons, street entertainment, story tellers, face painters bouncy castles and more! Our theme is “Coming Together, Whatever the Weather”, an event that reflects a new multicultural Ireland that St Patrick would be proud of. This will be a fun event for all the family!!
Tug of War
Once a mainstay of all Mullingar festivals, we are proud to announce the comeback of Tug of War in Mullingar; a town that sports strength with every type of sports club you could want. From Angling to Yacht Clubs and all the field sports in between. We also have our unsung sporting heroes and now is the time for everyone to shine. We are calling on pubs and clubs, teams and those with sporting dreams! Are you brave enough to walk in your forefathers’ footsteps as we search for the strongest men and women around. Join in the fun and enter a team here.
There is nothing better than belting out crowd pleasers with your friends. Our Joe Dolan statue is the perfect landmark to build our crowd karaoke around. A DJ will lead us in song with the lyrics for everyone to sing on a big screen on our market square. We know Joe would approve and can join in on the high notes!!
Beef to the Heels
A Food and Family Festival
“Beef to the heels like a Mullingar Heifer”
Our town park will play host to a gourmet extravaganza. Mullingar is reputed for its fine dining establishments and this event will see all our local goodness on offer in a taste of Mullingar experience. This will boast a host of professional and amateur chefs and barbeque enthusiasts spoiling the locals with their beef and fish dishes. And everyone knows that food tastes better when it is coupled with fun.. The food will be served against a backdrop of vintage sports bringing back the egg and spoon, wheelbarrow and three legged race. There will be a Punch and Judy show, kids crafting, and more. We also cannot forget the other important members of our families; there will be a dog show with plenty of prizes!!
We will finish the weekend with a grand display of fireworks in the town park. Gather with us on Tuesday night to celebrate St Patrick’s Days with toasted marshmallows, a hot drink and a visual display for all the family to enjoy!!
Meet the Judges
An evening to find
Irelands most eligible Bachelor
The Westmeath Bachelor Competition, one of the County’s most famous and recognisable events, is back under a new guise in 2020 and this time on a national level.
The organisers are hoping to put St. Patricks Weekend in Mullingar firmly on the map nationally. The Competition Directors, Tomas & Niamh Nally and Shane Barkey have been in the planning stages of the show for over 6 months and with the launch of the event now imminent they have assured us that the judging panel is second to none.
The Westmeath Bachelor Competition will be the signature event of the proposed St.Patricks Weekend “Green Fest” which they hope will become an annual attraction nationally. Building on the concept of the Mullingar Half Marathon being one of the first recognisable runs nationally, the team want to entice these visitors, and many more, to stay for the whole St. Patricks weekend and make Mullingar the destination to be for our National Holiday going forward. The ‘’Green Fest’’ Committee is made up of over 20 local individuals, many of whom are local business people, creating events that will benefit both local business and community alike.
In conjunction with the ‘’Green theme’’ the organisers have teamed up with Mullingar Tidy Towns to add an environmental aspect to the entire weekend providing education and exposure to environmental issues all within a festival atmosphere. The weekend will be kicked off on Friday 13th March with The Westmeath Bachelor Competition and Ball in The Mullingar Park Hotel. Saturday 14th of March will start with a Children’s Tea Party in Mary Street, Tug-o-War on Dominick Street and Crowd Karaoke on The Market Square. Sunday 15th March will bring ‘’Beef to the Heels’’ back to the town centre with a BBQ food bonanza taking place in the Town Park. Along with these signature events others include a 5 a-side soccer tournament, a Bed Push and Tractor & Motorbike run all in aid of Mullingar Hospital. Environmental talks for both business and the public from a host of renowned guest speakers will be organised that hope to increase sustainability and lower costs for the community. Finally the National Day of St. Patrick will be marked with a firework display for everyone to enjoy. (All events are subject to the relevant permissions and licenses at this point).
Speaking about The Westmeath Bachelor Competition itself, the directors are keeping tight lipped as to the A-list names that will be judging on the night, but to say there will be 2 male and 2 female. All will be revealed as the official website, www.westmeathbachelorcompetition.ie, goes live on Tuesday 22nd. The website will be the base for both the Green Fest and Westmeath Bachelor Competition handling all registration and ticket sales.
The competition in its hay day was known nationally as a traditional but laid back event that portrayed the male persona in more of an 80’s limelight than that of the modern male image the organisers are hoping to persue.
With this in mind they have resurrected the competition, drawing inspiration from the past but promoting a modern, inclusive male presence. The long term plan for the renewal of the competition will be to bring it to a T.V audience in 3 years and eventually to be the male rival of The Rose of Tralee Festival.
According to the three, ‘’Historically Ireland has looked to our female population to find an individual who is polished, poised, has a social conscience and is able to represent themselves on a national stage. Now it is the turn of the gentlemen to shine. This all inclusive event naturally welcomes and invites men of all orientations and backgrounds to represent a new Ireland!’’
The organisers are hoping to secure entrants from every County and abroad who will then be wittled down to 12 of the finest eligible Bachelors who will battle it out for the top prize of €2,000 worth of shopping in Mullingar, a holiday worth €1,000, €500 for their chosen charity, and the signature Westmeath Bachelor Trophy piece along with the title of Westmeath Bachelor 2020. Not to be out done the ladies will also have a chance to impress on the night as the organisers are seeking 12 female Chaperones to accompany the finalists, the best dressed of these will also benefit from a hefty prize on the night. Following the event itself their will be a Black Tie Ball with dancing into the early hours continuing in the Mullingar Park Hotel.
With the addition of 4 of the biggest names in Irish Celeb circles to the judging panel tickets for the event will be in vast demand as soon as the Bachelor website goes live so the organisers are urging those interested in attending to buy early as there will be no additional tickets added in the future.
Please note that tickets are sold online only
Limited Number of Tickets Available