New Irish festival for Wicklow town
Feile Chill Mhantáin will take place over three days in different venues in Wicklow town and will celebrate the Irish language through literature, music and song and dance.
The festival is the brainchild of the Wicklow Town Team who successfully applied for funding under the Rural Development Programme (LEADER) to host the event, which also features input from Cainteoirí Chill Mhantáin, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí and Wicklow County Council.
Things begin on Friday, May 17 with a workshop in Bridge Street Bookshop with a children's workshop with author Sadhbh Devlin taking place from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 4.15 p.m. to 5.15 p.m. The workshops will consist of storytelling, a movement/drama session and a drawing or craft activity.
The official festival opening takes place in the Brass Fox at 7.30 p.m. featuring traditional music with The Maguires.
Dance the night away with The Fódhla Céilí Band in St Patrick's GAA Club from 8.30 p.m. Entry is €10.
Saturday, May 18 is action-packed with different events and activities. There will be an info desk first aid station located at the Assembly Hall on Bachelors Walk from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Registration for a children's scavenger hunt lasting from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. also takes place in the Assembly Hall.
Children's story telling yoga with Ciaran Fhearghusa takes place at the De La Salle Pastoral Centre from 10 a.m. to 10.40 a.m., 11 a.m. to 12 noon, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
You can enjoy circus skills and juggling shows with Stephen McGinley in the Assembly Hall from 10 a.m. to 10.45 a.m., 11 a.m. to 11.45 a.m., 12 noon to 12.30 p.m., 2 p.m. to 2.45 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.
A teen workshop with author Anna Heussaff has been confirmed for the De La Sale Pastoral Centre from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., while a set dancing workshop with Angela Bernard is due to take place in The Boathouse, Leitrim place from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4.30 p.m..
Author Anna Heussaff will host a second event in the De La Sale Pastoral Centre about books to enjoy in Irish from 11 a.m. A coffee morning takes place in The Bridge Tavern from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and fake news about Irish with Colm Ó Broin takes place in The Boathouse from 12.45 a.m. to 1.45 p.m.
Author Áine Uí Fhoghlú hosts a children's workshop in the De La Salle Pastoral Centre from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and an adult workshop from 3.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.
A Sean-nós dancing workshop with Tommy Stenson starts in the Assembly Hall at 4 p.m., while you can also enjoy Irish dancing with The Orlagh Carty School of Dance at The Boathouse from 4.45 p.m.
The Old Forge is the venue for an open session with The Maguires and friends from 8 p.m.. A pop-up Gaeltacht will also take place in The Old Forge from 8 p.m.
A set dancing céilí costing €10 with the Brian Boru Céilí Band is due to take place in St Patrick's GAA Club at 8.30 p.m.. At the same time there will also be a Sean-nós performance from Tommy Stenson in The Old Forge.
The activities continue on Sunday, May 19 with a special mass being held in St Patrick's Church at 11.30 a.m. A Wicklow CCE music workshop takes place in St Patrick's National School from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Finally things draw to a close in Fatima Hall in the Dominican College with a celebration concert hosted by the Wicklow County Board of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. Admission is €5 for adults and €2 for kids.