Cullen pulls out all the stops for cul­ture night in com­mu­nity hall


MU­SIC and song hit high notes at a spe­cial get to­gether in Cullen Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Cul­ture Night. The cap­ti­vat­ing sound of tra­di­tional tunes rang out as did song and story to a host­ing that con­firmed the fu­ture of our na­tive cul­ture is in the safe hands of a new gen­er­a­tion.

In­deed Cul­ture Night is grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity, the Cullen stag­ing part of 40 towns and vil­lages across County Cork pro­mot­ing the event. And those present in Cullen weren’t dis­ap­pointed, the sound of mu­sic loud and cheery to a mem­o­rable host­ing.

The oc­ca­sion ac­knowl­edged a se­ries of mem­o­rable suc­cesses from the past year, in­clud­ing na­tional and world prizes won by the Cullen Pipe Band at the All Ireland and World Pip­ing cham­pi­onships.

Also feted was Katie O’Sul­li­van, All Ireland Fleadh win­ner at U12 English Singing with Diar­muid Cronin from Rath­coole, All Ireland win­ner English Story Telling Age 12-15 and Bal­ly­daly na­tive Rena Lynch, All Ireland English Story Telling cham­pion adding to the en­joy­ment.

A di­verse pro­gramme was sup­ple­mented by great Seanós dancer Cian Brod­er­ick, singer Elle Marie O’ Dwyer and the award win­ning u15/18 Cross­fields Céilí Bands who emerged tri­umphant in their re­spec­tive age groups at the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis.

Feis Laitiarain rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ge­off O’Sul­li­van hailed all in­volved in the con­cert, main­tain­ing a strong cul­tural link to the area. “From the first Cullen Feis hosted in 1898 in the Old School at Lisle­hane; the mu­sic, dance and song has con­tin­ued in an an­nual host­ing that’s made a re­mark­able con­tri­bu­tion to the depth of rich her­itage in the area and con­tin­ues to be a vi­tal pro­moter of our na­tive cul­ture”, he said. The stag­ing is pros­per­ing and forms part of a broader cul­tural pro­gramme in­clud­ing Glór na nGael na­tional awards in the pro­mo­tion of the Ir­ish lan­guage.

BOT­TOM LEFT: Freemount’s Ell Marie O’Dwyer de­liv­ers “The Cream­ery Song”

Photo byJohn Tar­rant

The Cross­fields U15 Ceilí Band thrilled to per­form at the Cullen Cul­ture Night.

BOT­TOM CEN­TRE: Fear An Ti Jerry Doody de­liv­ers a ren­di­tion of The Bold Thady Quill

Photo by John Tar­rant

Cullen Pipe Band mem­bers Sean O’Rior­dan, Liam Casey, Conor O’Rior­dan, Ea­monn Casey and Jane Car­mody en­joyed the Cullen Cul­ture Night.

Photo byJohn Tar­rant

Mahilet O’Leary, Muire­ann O’Con­nor, VyHa O’Leary and Oisín O’Con­nor par­tic­i­pated at Cullen Cul­ture Night.

All photos by John Tar­rant

All Ireland Fleadh win­ner Katie O’Sul­li­van re­ceives a pre­sen­ta­tion from Ge­off O’Sul­li­van, Chair­man, Feis Laitiar­nan at the Cullen Cul­ture Night.

Pic­ture John Tar­rant

BOT­TOM RIGHT: All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil U12 Singing cham­pion Katie O’Sul­li­van re­ceived a ter­iffic re­cep­tion at the Cullen Cul­ture Night.

Rath­coole’s Diar­muid Cronin, All Ireland Fleadh win­ner in U15 Story Telling cte­gory, re­ceived a favourable re­ac­tion at the Cullen Cul­ture Night.

Photo byJohn Tar­rant

Eoin Turner from Glan­tane rep­re­sent­ing Freemount CCE per­formed at Cul­ture Night in Cullen.

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