The traditional Pattern Day from the 1970s may have since been revamped to reflect different times in Ballyheigue, but the celebrations held on September 8 continue to mirror that original communal spirit.
Those from near and afar travel to the coastal town to enjoy what the historical day has to offer.It is wonderful to welcome all the locals and tourists to Ballyheigue. Margaret Rowan and her fellow dance-loving locals decided to combine the annual Pattern Day celebrations with their Guinness Book of Records attempt for most people dancing the “slosh” on a beach.
It is of the biggest days in the Ballyheigue calendar of old is to be revived this year in a bid to lift the rainy and recessionary gloom over the famous resort. It was traditionally the biggest day in the Ballyheigue calendar when thousands poured in for the festivities from all over the country, complementing the masses of holidaymakers already in the town.
With the help of her fellow organisers Laoise Meehan, Eileen Fogarty, Margaret O’Connor and Annmarie Tydings, they mainly hope, however, that holding the pattern will help to give a lift to Ballyheigue, which is experiencing its worst summer season in decades because of the continuing bad weather.
Pattern Day is, of course, a religious celebration and Mass will take place on Wednesday, September 8, at 11am. Later in the day, celebrations kick off at 6pm with crossroads dancing, stalls and much more at Michael Hourigan’s garage at the East End.