Trad music and dance to play a part in City of Culture

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Launching the traditional aspect to City of Culture were (back row) Thomas O'Maoldomhnaigh, Jim Enright, Michael Ryan, Jim Enright, Oliver Mann, (front row); Sheila Deegan, Eileen OMaoldomhnaigh, Carmel Power and Bernie Sheehan. Picture: Keith Wiseman
TRADITIONAL music and dance are to play a central part to Limerick’s City of Culture schedule after a joint initiative between Comhaltas and Limerick GAA.

TRADITIONAL music and dance are to play a central part to Limerick’s City of Culture schedule after a joint initiative between Comhaltas and Limerick GAA.

This Monday the two organisations unveiled their 2014 programme of events in The Georgian House in Pery Square.

“It is very important that the traditional culture of Limerick plays its part during Limerick’s City of Culture. In the GAA we like to encourage as many members as possible to use the cupla focal and we are delighted to come together with Comhaltas because it is important in this special year for Limerick,” said Limerick GAA Irish Officer Micheal O’Riain.

Head-lining the GAA’s series of Irish language and cultural events is confirmation that the senior Scor Munster final will take place in the Concert Hall in UL on Sunday March 30.

“This event has not been held in Limerick city since the days of the Savoy Theatre and is a rare opportunity for Limerick people to witness the cream of the province’s dance, music, drama, singing and poetry,” outlined O’Riain.

As part of Limerick’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations, the GAA will host ‘Ceol Luimnigh’ in the LIT Concert Hall on March 14.

“This will be in association with the Castleconnell-Ahane-Herbertstown branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann,” said O’Riain.

Limerick GAA is also using Limerick’s City of Culture year to initiative a competition among its clubs - ‘Comortas na gClub’. A prize fund of €2500 has been allocated with the overall winning club receiving €1000.

Meanwhile Comhaltas announced that they will be hosting ‘Seisiun’ at the Hunt Museum in July and August.

“It provides a unique entertainment experience for both visitors and locals. A stage show of Irish music, song and dance, it features authentic traditional entertainment,” explained Tom O’Maoldomhnaigh of Comhaltas.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Comhaltas to ensure our traditions are central to this important year for Limerick.”

He also confirmed that the County Fleadh Ceoil would be held in Mary Immaculate College on the June Bank Holiday weekend.