Summer showers fail to dampen Feis
Music and song hit Cullen on a high note last Sunday for the annual Feis Laitiarain. Year in year out, the depth of musical heritage of the buoyant Sliabh Luachra Region is maintained and the 121st staging of Feis Laitiarain on the grounds of Cullen GAA pitch, acting as a shop window for native culture.
Summer showers greeted the staging but fortunately, the conditions failed to deter large crowds from venturing outdoors to enjoy an action packed programme of events.
"Feis Laitiarain is one of the oldest feisanna in the country where a focus on participation is key to its ongoing popularity. The 2019 staging proved an unqualified success with all categories indicating excellent competition," said spokesperson Noreen Meade.
Many months of planning generated a fitting reward to all involved under a dedicated committee.
From the first Feis hosted in 1898 in the Old School at Lislehane; the music, song and storytelling has continued in an annual hosting that's made a remarkable contribution to the heritage of the region.
"Feis Laitiarain is a community event, local organisations and the public lend their outstanding support to the venture to ensure its success", said Ms Meade.
And there was a significant interest to the singing, language and music competitions with entries across the South West Region and organisers commending the support of Duhallow based schools.
Children's sports added to the diversity of the proceedings and close associates of Feis Laitiarain, Cullen Pipe Band were popular visitors on delivering a recital.
Feis Laitiarain continues to grow in strength and forms part of a broader cultural programme including Glór na nGael national awards in the promotion of the Irish language.