LOINNEOG LÚNASA – A CELEBRATION OF TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC AND CULTURE BEGINS NEXT WEEK

first_imgThe fourth annual Loinneog Lúnasa festival promises to be an unforgettable weekend of ceol, cultúir and craic. A celebration of Irish traditional music and culture. Taking place from the 8-11th August and attracting music enthusiasts from all the world, the line up includes Na Casaidigh, Na Bonney Men, Clann Mac Ruaidhrí,  The Unwanted and New Road all performing in various venues throughout the parish. Local star Emma Ní Fhíoruisce renowned for her pop covers as Gaeilge of Fleetwood Mac, Eagle Eyed Cherry and Guns na Roses will be showcasing her new material!Emma, who is deeply inspired by Clannad and Altan, will perform her new song which is about Gaoth Dobhair and how it feels coming home, aptly called “Ar ais go Gaoth Dobhair”.This young singer is exactly what Loinneog Lúnasa is all about.Mairead Ní Mhaonigh and sister Ann have both commented on what a natural musical talent Emma has, that she has the ability to mix modern with traditional and sound original. Festival organizer Cathal O Gallachóír, says that “This festival not only celebrates musical tradition, but also nurtures and encourages musicians and singers to carry the tradition forward.“This is why there are workshops, recitals and concerts with the best of Irish music.Other special events include a special one-day event dedicated to Sean Nós Singing.If you’re interested in Sean Nós as a beginner or otherwise and would like to learn new songs and techniques, this is the perfect opportunity.Acclaimed local Sean Nós singers Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde & Connie Mhary Mhicí will be joined by Éamon ó Donnchadha & Saileog Ní Cheannabháin will deliver singing workshops at An Gaileairí.Throughout the day each artist will teach two songs. They’ll then perform a concert later in the evening joined by the renowned piper Gay McKeon, (CEO of NPU) on the uileann pipes.The uileann pipes are a regular highlight at Loinneog Lúnasa, with last year’s ‘Tionól’ attracting pipers from all over the country and expect this gathering to continue this year.Gay Mc Keon will deliver workshops between 10 and 3pm and there will be a rare opportunity to ‘try the pipes’ with local piping teacher Conor Day and overseas Cuban student Alexander Suarez Mendez on Saturday the 9th between 10 and 1pm.Alexander Suarez Mendez is part of the Buena Vista Pipers Club in Havana – In 2011 Gay Mc Keon was invited to play at Celtfest. He had brought along sets of pipes for people to try, and said, “There were queues of people waiting to try and it took off from there. (Journal.ie)Alexander is currently in Ireland following a fundraising campaign by Irish pipers to bring this piping student to Ireland to learn more about the pipes, including making them, so he can bring these skills back to Cuba and continue to teach.Gay said, “Alexander is innately musical and people will be thrilled to hear him play. Even the way he interprets slow airs, which is a difficult thing for anyone even if you are immersed in the tradition. It is astonishing.”So those of you who are interested in the uilleann pipes are in for a special treat at Loinneog Lúnasa this year and we anticipate some unforgettable sessions in the local bars and hotels.Gaoth Dobhair, the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht and an area famous the world over for being a cradle of Irish culture and home to musical acts such as Enya, Altan, Clannad, Donal Lunny, Bothy Band, and Clann Uí Dhomhnaill of Skara Brae and younger acts like an Crann Óg and Noílín ní Cholla is proud to promote such a rich tapestry of local talent.With music and singing workshops, set dancing, open mic, craft market, a full moon beach walk and fun for all the family, there was never a better time to visit Gaoth Dobhair.All this and spectacular scenery and atmosphere, Loinneog Lúnasa presents a musical backdrop to a wonderfully cultural, family friendly festival.Also check out the Loinneog Lunasa Festival flybreak offer via Dublin and Glasgow in association with mng.ie & Donegal Airport.(www.mng.ie/whatson)LOINNEOG LÚNASA – A CELEBRATION OF TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC AND CULTURE BEGINS NEXT WEEK was last modified: August 1st, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CultureEntertainmentFeaturesGaoth DobhairIrish MusicLoinneag LúnasanewsTraditionallast_img read more

GAA: ST EUNAN’S LETTERKENNY GAA NOTES

first_imgThe Minor Boys Footballers had another good win last night over MacCumhaills to continue their good start to the season, winning by 3-14 to 2-02.Tonight’s Minor Board Meeting set for 7pm has been cancelled.  Our Football and Hurling / Camogie Academies begin this week, see highlighted below for details. The Seniors went down to a narrow defeat at home to Naomh Conaill on Monday, 1-12 to 1-10. The Reserves had another good victory winning by 3-11 to 2-09. Both teams travel to The Bridge to face St. Michael’s this Sunday. The Juniors got their League campaign underway with a good home win over Naomh Columba on a score of 1-09 to 0-07. They are at home to Glenfin this Saturday. The Minor Footballers got their league  off to a good start last Friday when they travelled to Gaoth Dobhair and came away with full points winning by 4-09 to 2-07. They have 2 home games this week, first on Wednesday (11th) they take on Sean MacCumhaills and then on Friday they play against Buncrana. Both games throw-in at 7pm..The Minor Hurlers opened their league campaign with losses to Setanta and Aodh Ruadh despite strong defensive displays in each game. They play MacCumhaills at home this Thursday, where hopefully we will be able to put out a stronger side.U16 and Minor Hurling training is on every Monday at 5:30pm in O’Donnell Park. All new hurlers welcome. U14 & U16 Camogie training every Monday 6pm.Congratulations to Grainne Gallagher who came 3rd in the U14 County Camogie Féile Skills Competition at the weekend.The U-14 Boys footballers are awaiting a date for their Féile Final against Aodh Rua.The U-14 Girls footballers defeated Termon last Wednesday and they travel to Milford this Wednesday (11th). Bus leaving the Station Roundabout Car Park at 5:15pm sharp. The girls also claimed the Northern Féile crown and will contest the Co. Final shortly.The Friday Evening Hurling & Camogie Academy gets underway this Friday evening (13th April) at 6:30pm.  The Sunday Morning Football Academy begins this Sunday (15th) at 11am. Both Academies cater for children from U-6 up to U-10 and all new members are welcome.The club have launched a “Lotto +1” Campaign for April with the aim of doubling our lotto direct debit membership, see the club Facebook page for details. If you do one thing for our club this year, join our Lotto. Members enjoy free Buses to all Official Co. competition, family membership is also included as well as 3 chances to win our weekly Lotto jackpot and also a €1,000 holiday Voucher for 1 lucky member. It will run throughout the month of April.There was 6 winners in this week’s Lotto Draw. They matched 3 numbers and win €20 each. John Gallagher, Drumoghill; Barry Daly, Ballymacool; Cathal McGettigan, Long Lane; Joe Hurley, Galway (all Adrian); John Curran, Glencar Scotch and Aidan McGlynn, Rockhill (both card). Next week’s Jackpot is €1,775. Winnings can be collected from Blake’s Bar, Main St.Remember to visit the new website and upload your pictures and info: www.steunansgaa.com GAA: ST EUNAN’S LETTERKENNY GAA NOTES was last modified: April 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA: ST EUNAN’S LETTERKENNY GAA NOTESlast_img read more