Revamped 'banding site' revives an historic trade in Tullylease

SHEILA FITZGERALD

Published 09/08/2014 | 00:00

On Friday, August 15 at 7pm, Mass will be celebrated at St Mary’s Well in Tullylease, and afterwards the official opening and blessing of the IRD Leader funded banding area will take place. Everyone is invited to a demonstration of banding on Sunday, August 17 at 1pm.

AN historic trade which was once part of everyday life has been revived in Tullylease with the refurbishment of a 'banding site' which was last used in 1964.

The ancient art of banding cartwheels largely disappeared with the arrival of rubber tyres for carts.

On Sunday, August 17 at 1pm, everyone is invited to a demonstration of banding which will be carried out by some of the few remaining people in Ireland who worked in this trade. Vintage tools and machinery associated with banding will also be on display.

This event will be a trip down memory lane for the older generation and is certainly a new phenomenon for the youth of today.

Also on Sunday afternoon, an exhibition of local products and crafts, and a barbeque will take place.

The heritage weekend, organised by Tullylease Community Council, kicks off with a table quiz at Stoke's Bar at 9.30pm on Thursday night. On Friday evening at 7pm Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Well and afterwards the official opening and blessing of the IRD Leader funded banding area will be held. This will be followed by a bingo session with €1,400 in prize money in the community centre at 8.30pm.

A night of traditional music and song will be held at Stoke's Bar on Saturday night.

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