Fáilte amháin agus go léir
Once again we had an outstanding festival, lots of music, lots of dancing and lots of laughs. A record breaking year with outstanding numbers attending.
The festival started with three fantastic traditional bands – Mozaik, Beoga and Sean Keane.
Normally artists of this calibre would be in a venue like the Sage with a £30 ticket, here it was cheaper, intimate and jumping!!
As usual we try to cater to a broad range of Irish Cultural interests, so new to this year was an intriguing series of Irish Films at the Star and Shadow cinema, skilfully put together by Carmel McGrath TICS – so a big thank you goes out to her.
We also had a history lecture series which was extremely well attended and an ‘Irish Walk’ round central Newcastle with a lot of historic interest and willing participants – look out for the audio version coming real soon.
On each Sunday during the festival we try to include some of the old time singers and great entertainers often featured on the Irish TV channel. This year was no different and we had a lot of support for Sean Wilson from Derry and Frank McCaffrey from Westport, our older members came out in droves for these shows .
There was lots to join in with including Music sessions, the family ceili and the Friday night ‘#Hooley’ which all helped to support our local GAA teams.
We were also honoured by a visit from the Irish Ambassador Dan Mulhall who also delighted audiences with his talk on WB YEATS
I’d like to thank all who came along and joined in the festivities and look forward to seeing you next year, don’t forget we’ll be programming through out the year so keep checking the website and keep coming along.
Tony Corcoran - Director Tyneside Irish Festival