Tuesday 23 January 2018

Five-day event in honour of renowned fiddler Seamus


THE 30TH anniversary of the death of Seamus Ennis, the renowned fiddler, is to be marked with an exciting new five-day event this weekend.

Organised by Scoil Seamus Ennis, the new project entitled 'Ó Fhine Gall go hInse Gall' from Fingal to the Hebrides explores the soundscape of both areas and highlights the pioneering work of Seamus Ennis as a collector of music, song and folklore in the Hebrides. This new project will host exchanges between artists and musicians from both places. This initiative has received support and funding under the Arts Councils Deis scheme and from Colmcille.

Fingall musicians will participate in a return visit to a festival in the Hebrides in 2013. The 'Gall' in Fine Gall & Inse Gall are the Vikings. The event starts on Thursday at 8pm with the launch of the new event at Killians Inn in Naul with special guest Neilidh Mulligan. All are welcomne. There will be set dance ceili in St Patrick's Hall in Ballyobughal at 8.30m with admission costing €7. There will be traditional music session in both Killians and The Village Inn Ballyboughal, starting at 9.30pm.

The official launch will take place on Friday at Naul Community Hall at 8pm by Dr Helen Lawlor and Sean MacPhilibin, along with musicians Mick O'Brien, Cormac de Barra, Griogar Labhruidh; Maggie MacInnes and Iain MacDonald. There will also be an exhibition of photographs of Seamus Ennis from the Richie/Pickow Archive, Hardiman Library, UCG. Later in evening, starting at 9 .30pm , there will be music session in Killians Inn of Naul and The Village Inn Ballyboughal. There will be a late session in the Airport View Hotel, Blakes Cross in Lusk with local and visiting musicians at 11.30pm. On Saturday at 2pm there will be a Straw Craft workshop with Dessie Riley and Seamus Murphy from Fermanagh who will be making traditional disguises for Strawboys, Mummers, Guizers and Wrenboys There will also be a music workshop/seminar exploring the relationships between Irish, Scottish and Scandinavian music.

It is directed at adult players and is not suited to children or learners. The workshop is hosted by piper Mick O'Brien. To book please contact Sean directly at 083 1015607 or email At 8pm there will be a Mummers performance in the Village Inn car park, while the Naul Senior Citizens house party will also take place in memory of the late Christy Nulty at Naul Community Hall. Admission is €5. All welcome At 8.30pm there will be grand traditonal concert at St. Patricks Hall Ballyboughal. Admission is €15. There will be music sessions at Killians Inn of Naul, The Village Inn Ballyboughal and Airport View Hotel; Blakes Cross, Lusk. On Sunday, there will be a guided walk around historic Swords beginning at Swords Castle and finishing at St. Colmcilles well at 10.30am.

The commentary will be in Irish and English and featuring Sean MacPhilibin ( Scoil Seamus Ennis) Bernadette Marks (Swords Heritage Group); Iain MacDonald (Ceolas Uist) will provide a commentary on Colmcilles legacy in the Hebrides. The walk will be followed by a traditional music session in The Pound Bar from 12 -2 pm. Admission is free but donations will be accepted. At 12:30 pm The Connemara Session with Johnny Connolly & Mattie Joe Sheamuis Ó Fartha and many more takes place at Killians Inn of Naul, while at 3pm there will be a singers Sessio; featuring David O'Connor, Padraig Ó Luanaigh; Maggie MacInnes andJerry O'Reilly at O'Connors Ballyboughal. Also at 3pm there will be a special gathering of Fingal's Flute and Fiddle players with special guests Danny Diamond and Liam O'Connor, hosted by Daracha NicPhilibin and Siobhan Griffin at Hollywood Lakes Golf Club Naul. All are welcome.

At 9pm there will be a ceilí mór with the Tulla Ceilí Band which promises to be a great night of traditional set dancing with the Famous Tulla Céilí Band from Clare at Garristown Community Hall. Admission is €12 On Monday, there will be a trad music session for young musicians, led by Scoil Seamus Ennis tutors, in Killians Inn of Naul. At 3:30 there will be a piping tribute at Seamus Ennis memorial plaque in Naul, followed by a traditional Session in Killians Inn at 4pm. The organisers have extended their thanks to Seamus Ennis's family; Naul Community Hall, Ballyboughal Community Hall; Ballyboughal National School; Naul Senior Citizins; John Walsh The Village Inn Ballyboughal; Donal Killian - Killians Inn of Naul; An Góilín singers Club; Howth Singing Circle; Lorcan Ennis; John Spillane; Na Píobairí Uilleann; Dara Vallely & the Armagh Rhymers; Mick O'Brien; The James Hardiman Library UCG for the supply of photographs from the Richie/Pickow collection; The Mummers Foundation; Bernadette Marks - Swords Heritage Society; The Fingal Mummers; local musicians and singers; Ballyboughal Set Dancing Club; Hollywood Lakes Golf Club & Gormleys Pub Garristown.

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