Family fun day in Herbert Park

Pictured: Family fun at Herbert Park.

Pictured: Family fun at Herbert Park.

A family fun day was held in Herbert Park on Saturday August 27th.

This was the second event taking place to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin visited the parish and presided over the principal mass.

The family day had a good attendance of young families, as well as parishioners taking part in all the activities arranged for the day. There was a marquee where food was prepared and distributed.

Selections of sandwiches were handed out from platters to all attendees, who were observed chatting and laughing in a good-natured way. All were in good spirits and thoroughly enjoying themselves.

A clown and magician were on hand, making animals and doing tricks for the children, with face painting and other activities taking place as well as a pool full of plastic balls for the littlest participants.

Additionally, there was a raffle organised, with many prizes to be won.

One noteworthy thing at the event was the Harmony Knights choir, an all-male choir who raised their voices to add a note of grace to the occasion.

Pictured Above:The Harmony Knights. Photographs by Zoe Kennedy.

Pictured Above:The Harmony Knights. Photographs by Zoe Kennedy.

The spirit of celebration on this weekend could be reached through art, both in the church architecture noted by all who visit as well as here in the charming hymns sung in the open air. There were renditions of many older folk songs such as Ould Lang Syne.

It was a bright, warm and sunny day that was greatly enjoyed by everyone. The special event was hosted by John Holohan along with help from Monsignor Lorcan O’Brien, Esther McGrath and other activists and community members.

The Harmony Knights, pictured above, can be found on Facebook under Harmony Knights Dublin and tour regularly.

By Kevin Mac Sharry