Monday 23 October 2017

Packed programme for Bleeding Pig Cultural Day

AN action-packed cultural day is taking place on the Donabate peninsula this week with a wide and varied programme of events arranged.

The 'Bleeding Pig Cultural Day' on Sunday, September 15, has been organised by a sub-committee of the local community council and they are urging everyone to get involved. For those who don't know, the Bleeding Pig is name of one of the rock formations on the cliffs between Portrane and Donabate.

The day starts at noon with two events. In St. Patrick's Church, the Church choir with soloist Linda Ledwidge and violinist Roisin de Faoite will give a short performance of sacred music. They will be followed by The Lighthouse Chapel Choir and then by The Presbyterian Congregation Choir.

At the same time in In Portrane, the Donabate/Portrane Historical Society will host a walk and talk. People are asked to assemble on the green in Portrane and to wear suitable footwear and clothing. All children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. This historical saunter will finish with a musical session in The Brook, Portrane, led by The Tower Singing Circle with guest singers.

The day continues in Donabate at 3.30 p.m. where The Donabate/Portrane Dramatic Society will present a drama workshop in the Parish Hall under the directorship of Paul Keogh.

This workshop will last for one hour and then at 4.30 p.m. The Lambay Singers with musical director George Rice invite you to learn a piece with them in a workshop in St. Patrick's Church .

At 5.30 p.m. the local Ceili Club will introduce you to ceili dancing in St. Patrick's Parish Hall in Donabate. This will be followed by a performance of Irish dancing by The Louise Flood School of Irish Dancing.

There will als be a pop-up exhibition of paintings by Robert Shaw entitled 'From Tayleur and Titanic to the Moon', which depicts the heritage of the peninsula and how it has inspired his painting career.

The day will conclude with a singing session in Keeling's Lounge, Donabate hosted by The Tower Singing Circle. This session will run from 9 p.m. 'til late.

The Tower Singing Circle meets in Keeling's Lounge every second Monday. They ask people to ;share a song; and their motto is 'any song, any voice, accompanied or unaccompanied, respect for the singer;. Anyone can come to these sessions, sing a song or to just listen.

Entry to all the events is free and the committee would like to thank Fingal Co. Co. and local businesses for their support in sponsoring this event.

All information on this day is available in local shops. For further information email

Fingal Independent