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Markets festival to kick-off

By Siobhán Rogan

Published 29/07/2009

Murals: festival organisers Denis Carson, Niall Houston and Gerard Davison
Murals: festival organisers Denis Carson, Niall Houston and Gerard Davison

The Markets Community Festival 2009 is to kick-off this weekend.

In its second year, the week-long festival organised by the Markets’ Development Association will run from Sunday, August 2, to Sunday, August 9, promising something for everyone.

The festival begins with an ‘old crocks’ soccer match this Sunday. Later that night festival-goers will be treated to a boxing exhibition launched by home-grown boxer Martin Rogan and local Markets’ legend Pat Graham in St George's market. A quiz and folk night follows at Ronnie Drew's pub.

Throughout the week the festival brims with activities ranging from bingo, a health fair and women's darts to water sports at Craigavon and a trip to Belfast Zoo.

After the soccer tournament on Sunday, August 9, trophies will be presented by players from Cliftonville FC. This is followed by the unveiling of three new murals in the area as part of a community re-imaging drive in the Markets. The Celtic mural in Friendly Street will be unveiled by Cliftonville midfielder George McMullan.

Festival organiser Gerard Davison said: “We want to promote all that is good about the Markets, instilling a sense of pride in the young people and being proud of the Markets history.”

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