Irish speakers will convene twice in October
Two cultural gatherings of Irish speakers will be held in one month in Cork’s Múscraí Gaeltacht. Both Daonscoil an Fhómhair and Dámhscoil Mhúscraí Uí Fhloinn convene during October.
Daonscoil an Fhómhair, a folk school based in Gougane Barra, takes place between October 6 and 8, and will focus, this year, on the traditions and history of the area, with the theme of ‘Seanchas an Ghuagáin’.
The Daonscoil, which draws together Gaeilgeoirí from across the country each autumn, for a weekend of social and cultural activities, is celebrating its 21st year.
It was founded by Cill na Martra woman, Máire Uí Thuama, in 1996, following in the style of Daonscoil na Mumhan, in An Rinn, Co Waterford.
The ‘coming of age’ of Daonscoil an Fhómhair will be marked by a keynote lecture on Saturday, October 7, when Donnchadh Ó Luasaigh will discuss the lore and traditions of Gougane Barra, including its folk tales and history, ranging from St Finbarr to the Taylor and Ansty.
The weekend, which will be officially opened on Friday, October 6, by uachtarán of OiWeekend reachtas na Gaeilge, Seán Ó Muimhneacháin, will also include traditional singing, music, dance, and poetry.
Young people are being encouraged to take part, via a poetry competition organised through secondary schools, with prizes being presented to the winners on the opening day.
That night, a presentation will be held in tribute to Corkman, Micheál Ó Murchú, otherwise known as ‘An Ghabha Gaelach’.
Born in Aherla, in 1918, Ó Murchú was a noted poet, president of Conradh na Gaeilge, and a secondary school principal in Coachford, serving also as uachtarán of Oireachtas na Gaeilge, of Dáil na Mumhan, and Dámhscoil Mhúscraí.
His two daughters are expected to attend the event in Gougane, where they will join other members of Aghinagh Comhaltas in a music session, as part of the tribute.
On Saturday, October 7, there will be performances of the oral tradition of the verse forms, lúibíní and agallamh beirte, followed by a set-dancing workshop by Timmy ‘the Brit’ McCarthy, and a walk in Gougane Barra.
A scoraíocht follows later that night, full of song, poetry, and music, while a sean-nós singing workshop takes places on the Sunday.
tickets for the events cost €15, while further details and rates, including accommodation and meals at the Gougane Barra Hotel, are available from Seosamh Ó Críodáin, on 087-2105002; Peigí Uí Laocha, on 021-4543667, or Nollaig Ó Donnabháin, on 087294 email@example.com.
Micheál Ó Lionáird speaking at last year’s Dámhscoil Mhúscraí Uí Fhloinn.