Village festival lauds cultural heritage

A FESTIVAL celebrating the rich cultural and musical heritage of an historic part of Co Waterford takes place next month in the village of Ballyduff Upper.

This year’s Tionól an Fhómhair will be held over the weekend of October 15-17 and features a programme of talks, workshops, demonstrations, music, song and dance in St Michael’s Hall and the Carnegie Library.

The printed programme is being distributed and is also available to download on waterfordcoco.ie under the events section on the homepage.

Director of successful An Rinn-based audio-visual production company, Nemeton TV, Irial Mac Murchú, will officially open this year’s Tionól in Carnegie Library on October 15.

This will be followed by the key-note lecture for Tionól an Fhómhair 2010, which will be delivered by the director of the Centre for Spoken Irish in UCC, Pól Ruiséal, himself a native of north-west Co Waterford.

He will speak about the oral Irish tradition of the area, focusing specifically on Tomás O Riordán, a well-known Irish speaker and seanachaí from the parish of Kilworth/Araglin.

Simultaneous translation facilities from Irish to English will be provided for the opening night’s events.

Saturday’s schedule includes a cookery demonstration for adults and a cookery workshop for children with druid chef Ruairí O Moracháin as well as singing, music, sean-nós dance, storytelling and art workshops for all ages.

Those giving the workshops include renowned sean-nós dancer from Connemara, Patricia Ní Fhátharta; musician and singer with Danú, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh; talented musical brothers from An Rinn, Caoimhín and Seán O Fearghaíl; local artist, Suzanne Hannon and All-Ireland winning storyteller, James Lenane.

Saturday night will see Coirmcheoil an Tionóil in the Hall, with the best of local and visiting musicians, singers and dancers taking to the stage. There is a cover charge of €5 for the Tionól Concert while all other events are free.

A first for the Tionól will be Ceardaíocht sa Típí, where participants can visit a teepee and observe some traditional craftwork made with leather, felt and wool.

Sunday’s events include the Tionól Mass, a guided walk around the parish with local historians, and football and hurling classes with inter-county hurler Stephen Molumphy and inter-county footballer Michelle Ryan.

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