Irish speak­ers will con­vene twice in Oc­to­ber

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Pet O’Con­nell

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 6668/nodonnab­hain@eir­com.net.

Micheál Ó Lionáird speak­ing at last year’s Dámh­scoil Mhúscraí Uí Fhloinn.

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