THE seventh annual Féile na Samhna takes place in Swinford this bank holiday weekend with a feast of traditional music, song and dance. Hosted by Michael Davitt Comhaltas and supported by the businesses of the town, admission to all events is free.
Following singing workshops for children and adults on Saturday (11am to 1pm), the official opening in the Gateway Hotel at 2.30pm will be followed by an entertaining afternoon ‘marching to the beat of the drum with the fifes and pipes’.
This will involve a presentation with tunes and a chat to celebrate the legacy of the marching bands from Killasser, Killaturley, Meelick, Midfield and Swinford.
That evening, starting at 9pm, is Oíche Amhránaíochta – a night of singing, storytelling, recitation and caint in the Meeting Room at Mellett’s of Market Street. A music sessions will also be held in the pub.
The Midfield Pipe Band will give a recital at the church on Sunday after last Mass, before marching down the town and finishing with a recital on Main Street.
Later, at 5pm, everyone is invited to ‘The Rambling House’ in The Gateway Hotel – a party with music, singing and dancing, storytelling and recitation. Everybody who comes to visit and celebrate will be treated to a traditional Irish welcome with the best of traditional fare – there’ll even be boxty! The theme this year focuses on the welcome extended to returning emigrants.
On the Monday, an enjoyable historical stroll around Swinford with Michael Comer, starting at 11am, will be followed by a cuppa and a chat.
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