The Oireachtas Festival returns to Killarney after a 92 year absence!
An Comhairleoir Dónal Grady (Méara Chill Airne), Máirín Nic Dhonnchadha (Oireachtas na Gaeilge), Michéal de Mórdha (Uachtarán an Oireachtais 2010) & Patrick O'Donoghue (Stiúrthóir Bainistíochta Óstán an Gleneagle & an INEC)
The people of Killarney are once again preparing to welcome the thousands of visitors expected to descend on the town towards the end of October for Ireland's longest running arts festival, Oireachtas na Samhna. The festival, nomadic in nature, has been travelling the country since the end of the nineteenth century, collecting friends and loyal followers along the way. Last year's festival, held in Letterkenny, contributed €5.5 million to the local economy, according to Donegal County Council, and it is estimated that the 2010 festival will be worth a similar amount.
"I am delighted to extend a hearty welcome all those planning to attend the Oireachtas Festival in Killarney this year," said the Mayor of Killarney, Cllr. Donal Grady. " It is wonderful to look forward to all the visitors intending to travel to our beautiful town and I hope you take home with you many happy memories."
"The annual Oireachtas Festival showcases the very best of our Irish cultural heritage," said Liam Ó Maolaodha, National Director of Oireachtas na Gaeilge, as he revealed details of the 2010 Festival at a press launch in the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney today (Wednesday, 15th September). "The festival boasts an extensive programme with a diverse range of events, including sessions; concerts; competitions featuring sean-nós singing, dancing, storytelling, drama and visual arts; seminars; workshops; lectures; and a lot more besides. We are looking forward to experiencing the world renowned Killarney hospitality and the very fine venues in the town."
"Oireachtas na Samhna is one of Ireland's foremost festivals and is an integral part of Irish culture. It is a privilege and an honour for Killarney and especially the INEC to host such a prestigious event and we are busy preparing for what we hope will be the best festival yet. Visitors can expect a huge welcome from the entire community here in Killarney," said Managing Director of The Gleneagle Hotel and INEC, Patrick O'Donoghue.
Some of the country's top sean-nós singers will compete for the coveted Corn Uí Riada and the best of our traditional freestyle dancers will take part in the sean-nós dancing finals. Local performers, young and old, are honing their musical skills and sharpening their competitive instincts in preparation for the competitions, which will be held in various venues in Killarney throughout the festival. Competitions will be held in sean-nós singing, sean-nós dancing, violin, uilleann pipes, harp, duets and many more. A list of the competitions is available from Oifig an Oireachtais, 6 Sráid Fhearchair, Baile Átha Cliath 2 (01 475 38 57) and also on the festival website, www.antoireachtas.ie