The week-long extravaganza of the 46th Liberties Festival drew to a close on Saturday evening with a gala concert by Liberties-local Frances Black and her band and her equally talented daughter Aoife Scott in the beautiful surround of John’s Lane Church. This year’s festival brought an extraordinary amount of talent, both local and international, to Dublin 8 for 6 days of creativity, entertainment, fun and community spirit.
From the stunning Opera in the Open at St Audoen’s to Burlesque fabulous-ness, and from Garda vs Traders Football (traders won, yay!) to an epic Family Fun Day in beautiful St Patrick’s Park, this year’s festival held many delights and provides great memories of Summer 2016.
The Festival does not happen without a huge amount of hard work and volunteer commitment. Kudos must go to this year’s Festival Director, Ger McDonnell and his team who delivered a week of set-piece events that showcase our area to the wider city. The 100-odd volunteers who made the events happen are surely the stars of the Festival, bringing fun and boundless energy to the week. And the performers and participants who gave generously of their time deserve thanks.
The Liberties Festival is managed and funded by SIDDCA – South Inner City Community Development Association and proudly supported by Diageo Ireland and Dublin City Council as its primary sponsors. In addition the Festival was supported by many local businesses and organisations in the area to provide exciting, quality venues and backdrops and hospitality including Tivoli Theatre and Backstage, Arthurs Pub, St Audoen’s Church and the Polish Community, John’s Lane Church, Teeling Whiskey Distillery, Dublin Steiner School and the Tailors’ Hall – An Taisce, and more.
A huge congratulations and round of applause from The Liberties Dublin team!