Féile Bheag Filíochta pays warm trib­ute to spir­i­tual voy­ager

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THE tra­di­tion of po­etry in West Kerry was given a shot in the arm at the Féile Bheag Filíochta held last week­end, where poets, or­a­tors, lec­tur­ers, mem­bers of Aos­dána, the peo­ple of West Kerry and vis­i­tors gath­ered for a week­end ded­i­cated to verse.

The week­end started with an ómós to Domh­nal (Danny) Mac Síthigh, de­liv­ered in bardic style by Bríd Ní Mhoráin; and it was book­ended in An Diseart on Sun­day with Ruairi Ó hÓ­gain’s beau­ti­ful, well-paced, ‘gh­lan­mhe­ab­hair’, ren­di­tion of Domh­nal’s poem ‘Faoiseamh Faois­tine’. A tune com­posed by Breán­dan Ó Beaglaíoch and the lament to Domh­nal Mac Sithigh sung by Mossie Ó Scan­láin at the same event will live long in the mem­ory of those present.

Danny was fondly re­mem­bered also at the launch of Camilla Dinkel’s trans­la­tion of his book ‘Iomhramh Bhre­anainn’ dur­ing the fes­ti­val. The book, en­ti­tled ‘In The Wake of St. Bren­dan’, gives an ac­count of Danny’s voy­age from Din­gle to Ice­land and back as part of the crew aboard a 45 foot sail­ing boat and opens a door to Danny’s wit and wis­dom for those who have never read his orig­i­nal work in Ir­ish. Full of re­flec­tion in­ter­wo­ven with the tra­di­tions of West Kerry, it is by turns, poetic, earthy, even bawdy and some­times painfully hon­est. In­tro­duc­ing the book at the open­ing of the Féile in Museam Baile ’n Fheirtéaraigh on Fri­day, John Kennedy likened it to an ex­plo­ration of the three lev­els of con­scious­ness de­scribed by the an­cient Greek philoso­pher Plato.

The book was trans­lated by Camilla Dinkel who came to live in West Kerry in 1998, bought the Din­gle Book­shop in 2007 and learned Ir­ish at cour­ses run by Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuib­hne. In close co-op­er­a­tion with Danny, she worked on the trans­la­tion for two years and al­though the English ver­sion is shorter that the orig­i­nal she went to great lengths to en­sure that “Danny’s voice was still there”. The re­sult is a book full of the rib­ald wit and hu­mour that made Danny a much loved char­ac­ter be­fore he died trag­i­cally ear­lier this year on the coast of Por­tu­gal while un­der­tak­ing an­other pil­grim­age voy­age that should have taken him from Spain to the coast of Africa.

The book is pub­lished by An Sa­gart and is for sale in the Din­gle Book­shop. Camilla has sourced a dis­trib­u­tor for the book, which will have a sec­ond launch in Din­gle by Bre­andán Ó Beaglaíoch in the Din­gle Book­shop on De­cem­ber 9 at 8pm.

Mean­while, the week­end in­spired new poets with in­put from aca­demics and mem­bers of Aos­dána in work­shops and lec­tures and op­por­tu­ni­ties to read newly com­posed verse at ‘open mic’ events. Gearóid Ó Lúing paid trib­ute to the po­etry of his fa­ther Seán Ó Lúing in a lec­ture on Fri­day night

Artis­tic Di­rec­tor of an Fhéile Bheag Filíochta Si­mon ó Fao­lain told The Ker­ry­man he was very pleased with how the week­end went, with ex­cel­lent at­ten­dances at all the events.

Eilín Nic Ghear­ailt, Maire Ní Sheanacháin agus Máire Ní Chin­néide ag an Fhéile Bheag Filíochta ar an mBuailtín oíche Dé hAoine.

Lone Beiter, Maria Sim­monds Good­ing agus Bre­andán Ó Muirc­heartaigh.

Brenda Uí Shithigh, Cor­mac Mac Sithigh agus Órla Ní Shithigh ag an Fhéile Bheag Filíochta ar an mBuailtín oíche Dé hAoine.

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