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  •   Sunday 30th Inaugural Brideswell Soapbox Run 4:30pm Contact Derek 086 4086195

    Sunday 30th Soapbox run
  • Friday 28th-Stetson’s & Stillettos Night Doors 8pm Family of 4 €40 Adults €15 Kids €7.50 Country Style BBQ, Line Dancing Followed by Live band “The Buckleys” aka “The Groomsmen” With MC Comedian Frank Ford Tickets Contact Nicola 086 3942233

    Saturday Night – “Ireland’s newest Country Sensation” Shane Owens with Sean Brennan
  • Combo Ticket for Saturday & Sunday €30

    Sunday Night – “The Legend” Brendan Shine with Sean Brennan

Bigger, Better, Brideswell Pattern Festival is Back !!!

The launch of Brideswell Pattern Festival was held  recently in Hamrock’s Bar Brideswell.

Guest speakers on the night were Mr Ireland Darren King, Cathaoirleach Cllr. Tony Ward, Eugene Murphy T.D. & Minister Denis Naughten.

Tomás Beades acted as M.C. on the night and thanked everyone for coming out to support the launch. Tomás then gave a brief outline of the festival programme.


The Festival, which gets underway at 8pm on Friday 28th July, promises to be even more popular and enjoyable than other years, with an action packed schedule on offer with something for all tastes.

Events will get underway this year with an excuse to get your dancing shoes on in the form of a Stenson’s and Stilettos night in the festival marquee. There will be American style BBQ, Line Dancing followed by live band ‘The Buckleys’ aka “The Groomsmen”. This promises to be great night of entertainment for all the family. . Tickets are €15 for adults €7.50 for Kids and €40 for a family of four and can be purchased on the door

Bright and early the following day, Saturday 29th, boasts a number of festival highlights including The Inaugural Brideswell Pattern Cycle (In support of Cancer Care West) with three routes offering something for cyclists of all abilities; A Challenging 120km route, 50km route, 10km family cycle,  including a food stop and after cycle refreshments. There will be a walk in association with the local defibrillator group from the Festival marquee and at 3pm we will have a GAA blitz for the local teams followed by refreshments in the marquee.  This will be followed by dancing with Declan Nerney and his band supported by Seamus Moore & Shane Moore in the Festival Marquee till late. Tickets are €15 and can be purchased on the door or in local pubs.


Sunday 30th July will also play host to an action-packed schedule of events starting with the Annual Pattern Mass at 12 noon in the village followed by a cake sale in aid of Brideswell National School, Wheel of Fortune. There will also be a kids tractor run (3pm), children’s workshops, entertainment and amusements, and traditional stations (4pm) and don’t forget at 4.30pm we an Inaugural Brideswell Soapbox Run.

The Gerry O’Malley Memorial Raffle will take place on Pattern Sunday afternoon (2pm) and  Derek Ryan and his band will take to the stage on Sunday night for what is promised to be an electric night of dancing. The Cowboy roadshow will act as a support act so come early to get a good seat. Tickets are €20 and can be purchased on the door or in local pubs.

Outside of the Festivities one can relax in the two pubs (O’Connell’s and Hamrock’s) will have music running throughout the weekend.

Each of the speakers thanked the committee for all the preparations to date and urged people to get out and support the events over the last weekend in July.

For more information contact us on www.brideswellpatternfestival.com, call Nicola on 086 3942233 email brideswellpf@gmail.com or find the Festival on Facebook.

Derek Ryan & His Band Supported by the Cowboy Roadshow


Derek Ryan & his band supported by the Cowboy Roadshow

Doors 9pm

Tickets €20

Tickets contact Claire 085 7192490

Declan Nerney

Declan Nerney & his band

supported by Seamus Moore (The JCB Man)

with special guest Shane Moore – €15

Doors 9pm


Saturday 29th

120km Starts @ 9am

50km Starts @ 9:30am

9km Family Cycle starts @ 10pm

Registration from 9:30am


Helmets Compulsory

Entry fee €20

Family Cycles €5

Food Stops & Post Cycle Refreshments

Soap Box

Brideswell Pattern Soap Box Run


We are looking for crazy, fun-loving individuals with big ideas! Whether you are an adrenaline junkie or just enjoy a bit of DIY – then you may be crazy enough to race down a circuit in your own homemade soap box racer, pushed by your own supporters! If you think you are up to the challenge and fit enough then before you start dreaming your own designer soap box and putting in a driver’s airbag (just for good measure of course), here are the entry requirements.  Entry €40 per team.

All competitors must present their soap box on Sunday of the festival weekend between 2pm & 3:30pm at the race pit located at O Connells Car Park.  The inspection will focus on the general safety of the soap box, its weight, braking system and driver and pusher’s safety clothes. This scrutiny will be supervised by the Race Director. To ensure you and your team pass scrutiny, make sure you stick to the race rules and regulations.

All participating teams will be judged on:  Style, Presentation, Showmanship, Engineering and Run Time. Runt time is from the starting gun until the last pusher and cart pass the finish line.   Winners will receive 4 tickets to Pallas Katting in Tynagh. (Go Carting for over 10’s).  Valued at €200.


  • A maximum of 4 crew members per Team. One person to be named as Captain, one person to be named as driver (can be the same person if desired).
  • Driver to wear a sleeve top, protective footwear and gloves. No bare arms, legs or skin should be exposed. No exception to this rule. All DRIVERS MUST WEAR A HELMET!!
  • The racing number given to you by the organisers must be fixed to your cart, visible for all to see.
  • No team will be allowed to compete under the influence of alcohol or medication or any

other mind-altering substance.

  • Teams must follow the instructions of the safety officials, stewards and the race committee.
  • All members of the team must sign a declaration absolving the organisers from any and all

responsibility at scrutiny.

  • It is the responsibility of each Team Captain to ensure the safety of his/her team. Team

Captains will be required to sign a declaration to this effect. The team captain is responsible
for any team members under 18 years old.

  • In all matters relating to the Soap Box Race, the Race Director’s decision is final.


  • Should not exceed 80kg in weight (obviously not including the driver).
  • Should not exceed 1m in width.
  • Chassis clearance should be no higher than 30cm from the ground.
  • Wheel base from front axle to back axle should not exceed 2m.
  • Wheel’s diameter should not exceed 40cm.
  • Should not have any mechanical parts to increase its speed (so no catapults, pedals or jet


  • Must have a rigid steering system (no ropes).
  • Must have a back wheel braking system.
  • Must have a push bar fitted securely to the back of the cart
  • Must be easily access and exited.
  • Must not have any smoke or fire devices fitted.
  • Must not have any design element to endanger themselves or the public (i.e. No sharp metal

objects, mirrors or glass).

  • The Soap Box MUST have a solid floor.
  • A Soap Box derived from an existing chassis is permitted provided that it complies with the


  • Must have a secure seating arrangement


  • Drivers are to drop off their soapbox racers at the “Pit” at O’Connells Bar Car Park, within Brideswell Village on Sunday from 2:00pm until 3:30pm.

The vehicles and/or trailers that had been used to transport the soapbox should not drive to the marquee.

  • Cars will then be weighed and checked by Scrutineering and a number

sticker issued to carts that pass.

  • Carts are to remain in the “Pit” until the start parade.


  • Each Cart will be invited by the race organizer to come up onto the starting platform where they will be introduced
  • When called upon by the starter, the soapboxes must be positioned

behind the start line to prepare for the race.

  • Team members must “push off” the carts FROM THE TOP OF THE RAMP. Senior Marshall instruction will take precedence and all instructions must be adhered to.
  • When instructed, the cart will begin its run. The cart will be driven from the start line at O’Connell’s Bar, along the designated route to the finish line at the front of the national school.
  • on completion of the race, carts will be pushed clear of the finish line.


  • You must obey the directions of the stewards at all times. The Race

Director has ultimate responsibility for the conduct of the race and his
decision in all matters is final.

  • All driver’s must
  1. Wear a helmet
  2. Not be under the influence of alcohol
  3. Sign a waiver
  4. Be punctual to ensure the smooth running of the race
  • All Pushers must
  1. Wear suitable gloves
  2. Not be under the influence of alcohol
  3. Sign a waiver
  4. Be punctual to ensure the smooth running of the race
  • Drivers must at all times control their vehicle in a manner to try and

ensure their own safety as well as that of all spectators.

  • Any team members aged under 18 are the responsibility of the team

captain. A waiver consent must be signed before the race starts.

  • Anything on display or issued over social media (web download) is

presumed to have been read and understood.