Friday 31 October 2014

Rooster returns to Trad Fest after turning up at late-night rave

Published 27/01/2014 | 02:30

26/01/2014. Pictured is Andrew Douglas of Urban Farm with Murray the hen who attended a rave on Saturday night and was safely returned to her place at the Temple Bar Trad Fest. Photo: El Keegan
Andrew Douglas of Urban Farm with Murray the rooster who attended a rave on Saturday night and was safely returned to her place at the Temple Bar Trad Fest. Photo: El Keegan

A BLACK bantam rooster had a lucky escape after it left its rooftop sanctuary for the hijinks of a late night rave.

The wandering bird, named 'Murray', escaped from his rooftop sanctuary at the Urban Farm at the top of the Chocolate Factory Venue in Dublin – only to swoop down on a nearby impromptu rave.

Young partygoers at the party at Granby Park on Dominick Street were startled when he made his appearance.

However, one man stepped in to offer assistance, revealed Andrew Douglas of the Urban Farm.

The young partygoer took the bird home and made it a nest under the television in his sitting room. He brought it back in the morning just in time for Murray's scheduled appearance at the Temple Bar Trad Fest – where he was one of the key attractions at the Urban Farm stand.

Trad Fest is growing in strength every year and a lively mix of music, street theatre and stands such as the Urban Farm and a petting zoo brought novelty to the streets of Temple Bar.

And though an icy wind funnelled through the cobbled streets, the warmth of foot-tapping music issued from the doorway of almost every pub and venue in the area.

Keri Power (17) from Raheny in Dublin was on her way to a take part in a session with her concertina tucked under her arm when she was seized upon by a street performer on stilts and whisked up into the air where she played a lively polka.

At the Mansion House, the old famine time ties between Mayo and Manchester were being recalled.

"From Mayo to Manchester – a Musical Tradition" featured the multi-award winning dancers James Keegan – who has won more world titles than even Michael Flatley – and Galway woman Nikitta Cassidy from the Lord of the Dance show, along with Irish harpist Kate Brett and singer Rebecca Fox. Just back from a tour of Germany and Austria, next stop is Eastern Europe for James and Nikitta.

James told how the dance group gave a private performance for the royal family of Dubai in 2010 and were invited to the palace. "It was everything you would expect it to be – dripping in gold," revealed James.

They were joined by traditional musicians Donal and Sean Scally from Manchester and five-piece band, Flatout from Mayo .

Organiser Tony Hennigan of the Manchester Irish Festival revealed that the ties between Mayo and Manchester had never been cut some four or five generations later, with the youth ever-enthusiastic for the music and dance of their roots. Over three million people worldwide claim Mayo heritage, he said.

Irish Independent

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