Mr PURCELL (Western Victoria) (09:51:10) — It gives me great pleasure to rise today to congratulate the organisers of the Koroit Irish Festival after another hugely successful weekend of fine music, spud-peeling races, Gaelic football and a great deal of old-fashioned Irish craic. For those who do not know what craic is, and I am sure most members do, it is actually gossip, fun, entertainment and enjoyable conversation.
For the past 11 years this festival has grown to be one of the major highlights of our local area, and the organisers have adapted and changed this program to be now one of the smoothest and enjoyable in the local area and it enjoys a number of international visitors and acts. It was my pleasure to be a part of the first-ever meeting of the Irish festival committee. I would like to congratulate a number of those who were on the original committee, including Des Walsh, Maurice Molan and Des Noonan. I am currently looking forward to next year's festival and would suggest to any members who are in the area at the weekend prior to the May races that it is a great way to spend a weekend.