2017 Tullamore Irish Festival

“They arrive total strangers but by the end of it they’re all swapping addresses,” Tullamore Irish Festival Committee chairman and day coordinator, Paul Stanbrook said.

“You look around and think how much fun is this?”

This friendly atmosphere, Paul said, is what the Tullamore Irish Festival is all about.

The festival is the town’s biggest event of the year – held every Easter long weekend – and this year attracted between 1100 and 1300 people.

“It’s about the same as last year,” Paul said.

“We had perfect weather for it...it was a great crowd.

“Sunday was nice and relaxing, and the music at the bowling club had people battling into the night.

“Friday night is a huge concert, people from Sydney reckon it’s worth a trip up alone.”