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Music of Mayo islands on TG4

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Music of Mayo islands on TG4


Áine Ryan

THE MUSIC, song and dance of Clare Island and Inishturk will be featured on TG4 on Sunday next, October 16, as part of the Ceol na nOileán series.
The series, which explores the rich musical traditions of this country’s many offshore islands, features Rathlin, Arranmore, Cape Clear as well as the two Mayo islands.
In each programme the musical tradition of the featured islands is enhanced by evocative images of the natural environment heightening the sentiment of songs and music and providing an effective dramatic backdrop.  
Archive material adds to the narrative, which includes contributions from natives musicians, singers and dancers. The programmes also features experts who have an interest in these aspects of island culture.
The upcoming programme on Clare Island and Inisthruk features the box playing of Clare Island natives, Billy Gallagher and Michael McNamara and the O’Toole family of Inishturk. Myles Ruddy, Patrick O’Toole and Anne O’Toole and Niall McCabe demonstrate the rich singing ethos, both traditional and contemporary, on the islands. The Clare Island half-set is also featured.
This Ceol na nOileán  programme will be aired on Sunday next, October 16 at 10pm and repeated on Friday 21, at 8.30pm.

CCTV for Roonagh pier
MEANWHILE, on an entirely different note, Minister Michael Ring has welcomed Mayo County Council’s commitment to the installation of CCTV footage at Roonagh Pier, the mainland harbour for both these islands. 
He has confirmed that a contractor has been identified and that funding for the project is being provided in equal thirds by Mayo County Council, the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands and the local community.
“Many islanders and tourists have unfortunately suffered as a result of vandalism of their vehicles that are parked at Roonagh Pier.  Hopefully the provision of CCTV at this location will improve matters and deter such incidents in the future,” Minister Ring said.