Ballydonoghue Bardic Festival
Get out your Diaries! Ballydonoghue is to have another festival in March, 2021.
Two Hundred years ago, Lisselton Bardic School in the parish of Ballydonoghue was famous throughout Munster and beyond for Poetry and Learning. It was the seat of The Court of The Wise, Cúirt na Súagh, led by Pádraig Liath Ó Conchubhair, hedge schoolmaster, poet, teacher, writer and native Irish speaker.
On March 25th to 28th, 2021, or as soon thereafter as the pandemic allows, the Third Ballydonoghue Bardic Festival, an annual weekend festival to celebrate this outstanding literary tradition, will be held in Lisselton, North Kerry.
A programme of events is being planned with the emphasis on fun and enjoyment as much as on culture.
Competitions in creative writing in Irish and English will be held during the run-up to the festival, with prizes for the Junior and Adult winners to be awarded on opening night.
Music, writing and singing workshops will take place on Saturday, with a Grand Festival Concert being planned for Saturday night.
An hour of Caint agus Comhrá as Gaeilge followed by an open-microphone session on Sunday morning will no doubt see more of the same and will bring the festival to a close.