FOLLOWING the success of last year’s inaugural Clonakilty Games Festival the event returns this month also incorporating the the spin-off Cork Open BackgammonTournament.
The streets and venues of Clonakilty will become a playground for all ages between February 20th and 22nd with participating venues in the town dedicating their premises to unfamiliar board games such as the Dutch game Sjoelen (Dutch Shuffleboard) and lesser-known games like Dominion and Netrunner along with familiar favourites such as Scrabble, Monopoly and Backgammon.
The Festival begins at 7pm on Friday, February 20th in O’Donovans Hotel when Tony Baloney presents ‘”The Best Magic and Puppet Show in Cork”. Kids love Tony along with Leroy, his talking dog, Eric the rabbit who think’s he’s a Viking and Magoufis the Space Worm. Tony has performed throughout Ireland on ferries and cruises, in holiday resorts, schools and hotels and at all the main festivals and fairs.
From 12pm onwards on Saturday and Sunday drop into a participating venue of your choice to learn, play or watch you favourite game. Or show what you can build from Lego: bring your creation to the Lego Exhibition in The Arts Centre.
From 10am Sunday morning to midday, there’s an adventure for all the family, with the Pirate Treasure Hunt. Loosely based on the classic adventure story Treasure Island, Squire and Mrs Trelawney, Captain Smollett and Dr Livesey are enjoying their morning tea at The Admiral Benbow Inn, newly-opened by Mrs Hawkins and her son Jim.
Unfortunately, the arrival of a rough-looking character by the name of Billy Bones, attracts the attention of sea-faring man with one leg. Come dressed as a pirate and help piece together the map to find the Treasure. The fun starts promptly at 10am in Asna Square.
See www.clonakiltygamesfestival.com for more.