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Clonmellon is "the real birthplace of the Irish potato" and to celebrate this fact the village hosts its Potato Festival each year with a fantastic mix of fun and entertainment for the whole family..

There will be lots of great competitions including the popular Potato Peeling to determine who the fastest peeler in the village is and like last year, the festival will take place on the main street of the village between 2pm and 6pm.

The event is a celebration of the Irish potato and the fact that Clonmellon, on the Westmeath/Meath border, is potentially the place where it all began.

Following their successful first year in 2015, Mr Tayto will return to the event, as will a whole range of fun activities for all the family, including Bouncy Castles, Puppet Shows, Music and lots more.

On thpotato festivale Killua Castle Estate on the outskirts of the village stands the 10-metre high Walter Raleigh Obelisk, erected in 1810 by Raleigh's cousin's and in Clonmellon people's view, this marks the spot where it all began.

And so, 5-metre high replica of the Walter Raleigh Obelisk has been commissioned especially for the festival.

The long-term objective of Clonmellon Potato Festival is to grow the event (excuse the pun) into Ireland's national potato festival, and organisers feel that with the combination of the committee and the main sponsors Largo Foods, Meade Potato Company, Westmeath County Council, this event will fulfil its potential.

The festival draws a crowd too, with previous events boasting over 1,500 people.  The organisers are hoping to build on that number this year. Admission is €10 per family.

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TAKE AWAY FOODS

Four Seasons Chinese take away for delicious Asian cuisine to take away.
Rei's Take Away in the village is the place to get quality Fish & Chips, Burgers, Pizza aswell as soft drinks and Milkshakes.

GOING FOR A DRINK?

Heading out for the evening? why not pop into Mulvaneys Bar & Lounge, The Village Inn or Isaacs Well. You're always welcome. Private functions also catered for.

CAFE @ THE SQUARE

Fancy a Coffee and a chat? visit the Cafe at the market square. Tea, Coffee, Minerals, Homemade soup and sandwiches, soft drinks and lots more.
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