Jan. 10, 2016

A Traditional Achill Wedding

A fantastic night was enjoyed by all who attended a recent performance of a traditional Achill Wedding. It was held in conjunction with Achill Heritage Weekend. Emmett Callaghan was compere for the nights events which included a talk by Kevin Toolis and readings from John F. Deans book, Give Dust a Tongue, which were signed and donated by the author. The Bride was played by Siobhan McGinty who also wowed the crowd with her Sean Nó's dancing on a barrel, she was accompanied by Cian McNamara on accordion who also played the Groom. The Strawboys entertained the packed hall with their dancing and The Caileach & The Sean Fear were there to mingle with the unsuspecting crowd. Laoise Kelly played the Harp and John Butler played the Uileann pipes with Diarmuid Gielty playing the fiddle. The performance was all put together by Achill.ie who promotes the Culture and Heritage of Achill Island through their page on facebook. Vincent English said he was delighted with the night and the attendance. It was a fundraiser for the Franciscan Monastery in Bunnacurry and would hope to put on other events in the future. He went on to say, Thank you to all who took part in the event, it is so good to see such talent on one stage, promoting the strong traditions that are still in everyday use on an island so rich in culture and heritage. Special word of thanks to Olivia Sweeney of Achill Island Flowers for providing a bouquet of traditional wild Achill flowers and heather for the Bride"