Expect The Unexpected This Weekend

Expect the UnexpectedThe Body and Soul Festival will kick off this Friday (20th June) at Ballinlough Castle.

With the village experiencing some fantastic weather right now and with up to 10,000 extra people expected to pass through it over the weekend, please remember to expect the unexpected!

Information For Residents

The organisers of Body and Soul are working hard to make sure the festival goes without a hitch and that any inconvenience to local people is kept to an absolute minimum.

Body and Soul have produced a Resident’s Information sheet and this can be downloaded here.

Further information for residents in conjunction with Delvin Garda and Community Alert is provided below.


  • Diversions will be in place for festival traffic (to car parks etc)
  • Organisers have pledged that there will be staffed checkpoints to minimise disruption to local traffic
  • Allow yourself extra time for even the simplest of journeys and be mindful that our visitors do not know the local roads!


Noise levels will be monitored throughout the festival in accordance with event regulations but it is inevitable that there will be some audible disturbance, especially around the festival site.

  • Friday 20th – music starts at 5.30pm and will continue until 2am
  • Saturday 21st – music starts at 2pm and will continue until 2am
  • Sunday 22nd – music starts at 12:15 and will continue until midnight
  • Some controlled campsite entertainment is expected outside the times stated on Friday and Saturday
  • All music will cease at midnight on Sunday out of respect for local people who need to work on Monday.


We would strongly recommend that neighbours keep a look out for elderly or vulnerable neighbours this weekend as they may be confused or upset at the disruption and may not be aware of the increased security vulnerabilities.

  • People may be leaving doors or windows open during the good weather, but we really would recommend closing them at night.
  • Don’t leave doors or windows open in rooms that are not in use.
  • Keep sheds and outbuildings locked and secure.
  • If you see a stranger on your own or on a neighbour’s property, contact the Gardai immediately on 086 858 3049.


Body & Soul is a well run festival and attracts a good and respectful crowd, however, with 10,000 extra people potentially passing through, it is essential that we all prepared to respond to any issues that may arise.

  • Festival marshalls and additional Gardai will be in the area to supervise traffic and festival activity
  • Public order offences outside the festival site or around the village should be reported to GARDAI
  • The mobile patrol number (086 858 3049) will operate as normal
  • DO NOT put off making a call about anti-social or suspicious behaviour in your area
  • Please use 999 in an emergency
  • Urinating in the street is a crime and there is no excuse for it. If you notice someone disrespecting our village streets, they should be reported – along with any car or coach registration numbers transporting them.
  • Littering is also a crime. Litter and general festival debris will be cleared away around the site throughout the event, but any evidence of illegal dumping should be reported.