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  • I was sitting in my garden, the first year I lived in Ireland, on12th July, enjoying the peace and quiet when I a swell of nightmarish sound entered my ears. It was in the distance; and becoming louder and louder every minute.

    Was it the apocalypse? Was it a large political demonstration? Had a large incident occurred out of town, so that all the fire engines in the vicinity were sounding alarms at the same time?

    I ran into my house, shut all the windows and wondered if I should hide in the closet under my stairs.

    The sound became louder and louder; and a cascade of horrendous, discordant noises invaded my brain. I could not think straight.

    I noticed some of my neighbours gathering by the side of the road, alongside my house. I ventured out and asked them what the noise was.

    “It’s the truck convoy for the Lady of the Lake Festival in Irvinestown,” a woman told me. “They do this every year. Anyone who has a truck parades from Irvinestown and around Enniskillen sounding their horns for charity.”

    The sound became worse and worse until the first trucks appeared on the horizon. The trucks were not covered in flowers. The drivers were not in fancy costumes; they just drove slowly; hundreds of them, blasting their horns and waving to the crowds who happily waved back.

    "In the Plantation tradition, the town is built around an extremely wide main street which still hosts a vibrant market through the year and, famously, a large 10 day summer festival and carnival. This is called as the ‘Lady of The Lake Festival’ and begins annually on the first Friday following the 12th of July. This is the largest cross-community Festival to be held in Northern Ireland and is named after the mythical figure which is said to appear gliding over the waters of Lower Lough Erne, wearing a flowing blue gown and carrying a bunch of flowers. The Lady is said to be an omen of good times to come…"

    The Truck Convoy is the 20th, 21st and 22nd of July,
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