I have to say I never knew about the festival (City of Merchants) and I am someone that loves this type of thing and does travel to the likes of Warrenpoint, Rostrever, Newcastle for their festivals. Everyone is saying it was posted all over facebook, yet I didn't see one thing about it.

Fun for the children at the City of Merchants Festival in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Fun for the children at the City of Merchants Festival in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Not everyone really walks into the town the way they used to.

We have gotten used to parking outside where we need to go and just driving off.

So far as checking whats on. I obviously wasn't on the ball this time. I do try to check....

The festival yest would have had me out all day and evening, right up my street.

Actually saw the fireworks from my house and wondered what was going on?

Very delighted Newry is doing more. I would support anything from my home town and be very proud of the people functioning these festivals.

I am not sure how you can promote more. But A lot, like myself had no clue. I often even check the local shop windows for whats going on.

Maybe more of that should be done.

Either ways, I am going to have to be more on the ball and check more thoroughly what's happening in Newry. Again well done everyone involved in the activities x

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