Festival to celebrate renowned Maigue poets

Colm Ward


Colm Ward

Local musicians in Adare getting tuned up for Feile na Maighe which takes place over the weekend of May 23-25
THE village of Adare will play host to a weekend of music, poetry, art and dance celebrating the famous Maigue poets next weekend

THE village of Adare will play host to a weekend of music, poetry, art and dance celebrating the famous Maigue poets next weekend

Feile na Maighe runs from May 23 to 25 and will feature a wide range of events for young and old throughout the weekend.

The festival was first staged back in the 1970s and was revived in 2012.

“The festival seeks to celebrate the Maigue poets, who invented the Limerick verse and contributed to our cultural life and lived and loved along the Maigue river,” explained chairman Proinsias McMahon.

The official opening will take place in the Woodlands House Hotel on the Friday at 7pm with Professor Micheal O Suilleabhain, founding director of the World Academy of Music and Dance in UL.

A trio of musicians from the academy will also perform on the night, along with the church choir from the Holy Trinity Church in Adare.

Earlier in the day there will be a visit by senior citizens to local schools where they will discuss life before mobile phones.

On the Saturday, the festivities kick off with a bilingual puppet show in Adare library at 11am. There will also be an exhibition in the village hall of the work of local artists in paint and photographic displays.

At 12pm, there will be a reading by local author Roisin Meaney, also in the library, which will be followed by a talk by Sean O’Duinn on the Celtic festivities of Bealtaine.

At 1.30pm, renowned poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice will give a reading in Stacpooles, while there will also be readings in the afternoon by Tim Cunningham in the Heritage Centre (2.30pm) and Marian Relihan in Stacpooles (3pm).

One of the most colourful events of the weekend looks set to be the intercultural dance and song session in the village park, which kicks off at 2pm. The organisers are expecting big crowds to attend what is certain to be a lively event.

Local young musicians will also be playing music on the streets throughout the afternoon.

That evening, at 8pm, the village hall will play host to the Concert Mór, featuring Derek Hickey, a music tutor at the World Academy of Music and Dance, performing alongside local musicians from Sheila Cagney’s CCE group. The second half of the concert will feature a performance from Cor Cuil Aodha with Peadar Ó Riada.

Later that night, young musicians will again be playing on the street.

The activities resume on Sunday morning with an Ó Riada mass in the Holy Trinity Church, followed by a harp recital in the Dunraven Arms hotel. See Feile na Maighe Adare on Facebook for details.