Féile an Fhómhair ’23 has an amazing programme of events!
Féile an Fhómhair, Carlow’s popular bilingual festival, returns this autumn with an amazing programme of events. Organised by Glór Cheatharlach and running from 29 September to 9 October, the festival celebrates all things environmental and autumnal ‘as Gaeilge agus as Béarla’. There’s music, two Irish language films, a singalong, storytelling and poetry, an art competition, set dancing galore and a sean-nós dance workshop. There are walks and talks and lots of opportunities to speak Irish in everyday settings.
Singalong, Ukulele & Set Dancing
Féile an Fhómhair will kick off on Friday, 29 September with a Ceardlann Amhránaíochta or Singalong for Schools directed by Rachel Uí Fhaoláin, traditional/folk/sean-nós singer and composer of songs. Organised in association with Foras na Gaeilge, the Singalong will be held in the GB Shaw Theatre at Visual and will feature a range of popular songs as well as some of Rachel’s own compositions. Advance booking is required directly with Glór Cheatharlach to secure times and places.
Later that evening, Carlow Ukulele Players start off their season with an informal, lively session at 8pm in The Irishmans Lounge, College Street so grab a ukulele, join in and enjoy an hour’s strumming!
The Seven Oaks Hotel is the place to be for the opening weekend of Féile an Fhómhair where dancing enthusiasts will enjoy a feast of set dancing at the ‘Follow Me Up to Carlow’ Set Dancing Weekend running from Friday to Sunday with workshops each day and a Céilí Mór each night to such well known outfits as the Abbey, the Brian Boru and the John Reidy Céilí Bands. Beginners as well as seasoned dancers are all welcome to the event. There will be set dancing classes with Syl & Liz on Saturday and Sunday mornings. If set dancing is not your thing, there’s the chance to learn a few steps of the traditional Sean-Nós style at the free workshop which will be given by champion dancer Irene Cunningham on Saturday at 12.30pm and this will be followed with social dancing to Teresa & The Stars on Saturday afternoon. Full details from Syl Bell on 087 6389520.
Events galore for young people
Young people are invited to take part in the many events being planned for them during the 10-day festival. For primary and post primary students there are bilingual table quizzes, an autumn art competition, trips to Carlow Library for ‘Scéalaíocht & Filíocht’ with Áine Ní Ghlinn, prizewinning poet and author of books for children. Carlow Library will also be the venue for the little ones
accompanied by their favourite teddy bear where they will be brought on an exciting musical journey to the land of make-believe with brand new songs and rhymes ‘as Gaeilge’ presented by Sadhbh Rosenstock from her new book and album ‘Teach Teidí’.
Glór Cheatharlach in association with IMC Cinema @ Fairgreen have secured exclusive screenings of two Irish language films. On view on Friday 6 October will be Cartoon Saloon’s latest film ‘Puffin Rock agus Na Cairde’. Set on the beautiful Irish island of Puffin Rock, a young puffin called Oona undertakes a challenging mission to protect the home she loves and ensure the survival of her community. The film is suitable for junior infants to 2nd Class and advance booking through Glór Cheatharlach is required. ‘TARRAC’ is the latest full-length film ‘as Gaeilge’ through the Cine4 TG4 scheme which previously produced An Cailín Ciúin and Róise Agus Frank and will be screened for senior students and their teachers on Monday, 9 October at 11am while there will be an evening screening at 7.30pm for the public. Tarrac which translates as pull is a contemporary drama set in the tough world of naomhóg or currach racing on the coastlines of the West Kerry Gaeltacht. Aoife Ni Bhraoin returns home to help her father, Breandán “The Bear” Ó Braoin, recover from a heart attack. Day to day they get along fine but we find that there is much that has been left unsaid about the loss of Aoife’s mother.
The second weekend of Féile an Fhómhair will focus on the great outdoors in association with Carlow Tourism. Walkers, both seasoned and those not so experienced, will enjoy the popular Autumn Walking Weekend which will feature a whole raft of talks and walks and hikes taking place over the three days. There are events to suit varying levels of ability but the leisurely Sunday Walk along the Barrow Track from Maganey to Carlow on Sunday, 8 October at 2pm will be particularly suitable for those new to the walking scene. A bus is being laid departing the Liberty Tree at 1.30pm to the start point. There’s no charge but advance booking is required on 087 2857048 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This year’s Féile an Fhómhair festival really has an amazing range of events, the majority of which are free.The full festival programme is available from Glór Cheatharlach on facebook.com/glor.cheatharlach while printed copies of the brochure can be picked at Carlow Library, Carlow Tourism, Lamberts Coffee House and Visual. Bí páirteach agus bain taitneamh as Féile an Fhómhair.
Enquiries to 087 2857048, 085 1340047 or email email@example.com
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