A week long festival featuring concerts, quizzes and fashion shows begins with a fancy dress cycle in Dublin's Cabra.

The Cabra Festival launched with the celebration of the Ó Riada Mass at the Church of the Most Precious Blood in Cabra West.

After mass, the newly crowned Cabra Queen, Helen O'Hanlon released a flock of pigeons from a local club. Helen, an 18-year-old receptionist from Cabra, defeated 11 other finalists to win the Cabra Queen title at a competition held in the Edmund Burke Hall in Trinity College.

The festival took off in true style when the Cabra Queen released a flock of pigeons from a local club.

One of the primary aims of the festival committee is to raise funds to create jobs for young people in Cabra. One of the fundraising events, a fancy dress maracycle is organised by the Sancta Maria Women's Club in Cabra West.

Another fundraiser is a fashion show to be held in the hall of St Catherine’s Senior School on the Ratoath Road. Among those modelling on the night will be Independent TD Tony Gregory and the curate from Church of the Most Precious Blood, Father David Lumsden.

Alongside the main festival, an exhibition of local arts and crafts is running continuously in the Cabra West Parish Centre.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 14 September 1987. The reporter is Teresa Mannion.