At Portora Royal Scholl (1920-23) Samuel Beckett excelled at sport representing the school’s 1st XI and XV in Cricket & Rugby respectively, playing alongside Irish Rugby International Alan Buchanan. He was well known for his highly competitive spirit and became the Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the school. He also won medals in swimming and owing at Portora. He was passionate about sports all his life tuning in to international rugby on the radio, regularly attending Lords when rehearsing in London. And he can lay claim to being the only Nobel Prize winner in Cricket’s Wisden Almanack.
**THE BECKETT SKULLS ROWING RACE**
River Erne at the Broadmeadow, Friday August 24th, 6pm (free)
Observe, with drink and burnt offering in hand, from Belacqua’s Barbeque on the Enniskillen Castle Firing Range at The Festival Centre.
In partnership with The Boat Club @ Portora Royal School
**THE BECKETT BIKE-IT: PEDAL FOR PURGATORY FAMILY CYCLING CHALLENGE**
Colebrooke Estate (near Brookeborough)
Saturday August 25th 10.00am.
A fun competitive event involving a cycle around the beautiful Colebrooke Estate completing small physical, mental and skill based team challenges en route. Each team will be presented with a map, route and series of challenges that they must undertake which will be scored throughout. The team completing the cycle challenge with the most points will be deemed the winner.
Suitable for all ages. Equipment required: bike and helmet, suitable loose clothing, sun cream, sunglasses and a hat. Share have a range of bikes available for hire at a small extra cost.
Colebrooke Estate in association with Share Discovery Village. Cost of £60 for a team of 4.
For more information or to participate contact:
**THE SAMUEL BECKETT MUCKBALL CUP**
Enniskillen Rugby Club (15mins out of town)
Saturday August 25th 1.30pm – Old Timer Match – we doubt it will last more than 15 minutes
2.00pm followed by a pre season match: Enniskillen Rugby Club vs. Visitors (The Perhaps Team?)
Shuttle buses will leave the car park by the Festival Centre Enniskillen Castle between 12pm – 1pm and return after the match from Enniskillen Rugby Club between 4pm & 5pm (10 min drive / free).
Samuel Beckett Muckball Cup created by Alan Milligan.
In partnership with Enniskillen Rugby Club.
**DIDI & GOGO’S SUNDAY AFTERNOON CRRICKET**
Artists vs. Crrritics
Portora Royal School.
Sunday August 26th 2pm – 5pm.
Cricket Field Teams will be selected by invitation but if you are coming to Happy Days Festival and rate yourself as a cricketer who plays art or criticism (or vice versa!) enter your name to the Festival Office. You may just be Lucky.
In partnership with Portora Old Boys Cricket Club. To be chosen contact Festival Office.
**Seeking The Fastest Artist In Ireland – Open Challenge**
August 24th – 27th
FINALS Monday August 27th
Track Time Trials by the Lakeland Forum. If you’re an artist, writer, painter, musician, even a comedian – come and compete for the inaugural Fastest Artist in Ireland. Contact Festival Office for more details.
An all weekend open invitation to our visitors to bring your bicycle to Enniskillen, vintage or state of the art, and be seen to cycle to all our venues in honour of Beckett’s cartesian love of the humble bicycle.