Adare looks forward to Feile na Maighe

Colm Ward

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Colm Ward

Donal Thurlow, Dominic Taylor and Fiona Clark Echlin with Proinsias McMahon, organiser of the Feile Na Maighe festival. Picture: Adrian Butler
Music, literature, limericks, historical lectures, even a puppet show – this year’s Feile na Maighe in Adare promises something for everyone.

Music, literature, limericks, historical lectures, even a puppet show – this year’s Feile na Maighe in Adare promises something for everyone.

The festival was first held in Croom in 1970 and revived last year in Adare. It celebrates the Maigue poets and the area’s bardic tradition.

One of the feature events this year will be the final of the International Limericks Competition, with entrants invited to pen their own version of the five line poem, the first line of which must read: ‘By the banks of the Maigue, sweet Adare’.

The event will run from May 22 to 24 to coincide with the Festival of Faith and Flowers taking place in the village.

The official opening will be performed by the renowned historian Dr Matthew Potter, at 8pm in the Brennan Room, Woodlands House Hotel, on Friday, May 22. Donal Thurlow and Fiona Clarke Echlin of the Limerick Writers’ Centre, the Limerick Gospel Singers and local harpist Niamh O’Brien, will entertain on the night.

The next day, there will be a puppet show by Dowtcha for children at the local library, starting at 11am. Poetry reading and storytelling events and an intercultural dance exhibition will also take place during the day. Later that evening, a music and poetry performance will take place in St Nicholas Church at 7.30pm.

On Sunday, May 24, Cór Cúl Aodha, will sing the Ó Riada Mass, at 11.30am in Holy Trinity Church. Afterwards, the Irish Harp Orchestra will perform in the Dunraven Arms Hotel at 1.30pm. The weekend will come to a lively conclusion with the final of the limerick competition in the Dunraven Arms Hotel. Entries are still being taken and entry forms are available from The Limerick Writers’ Centre, 12 Barrington Street, Limerick.