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Ballydonoghue Bardic Festival

The Ballydonoghue Bardic Festival seeks to honour the memory of Pádraig Liath Ó Conchubhair, who was born in Lisselton in 1745 and died around 1820. He was a hedge-schoolmaster, poet and outstanding academic.

Our first Festival was launched in March 2018 at The Thatch Bar in Lisselton. The weekend that followed was filled with writing and writers, music and drama, conversation and craic. We had literary competitions, workshops in writing, story-telling and music, ‘open mic’ sessions and a free concert at Tomáisín’s on Saturday night. Photos are by Marie Rohan.

Next year’s Festival is planned for the weekend after St Patrick’s Day and is already beginning to look like an event you shouldn’t miss!

Féile na Bairdne Bhaile Uí Dhonnchú

Teastaíonn ó Fhéile na Bairdne Bhaile Uí Dhonnchú onóir a bhronnadh ar chuimhne Phádraig Liath Ó Conchubhair, a rugadh i Lios Eiltín sa bhliain 1745 agus a bhásaigh thart ar 1820. Ba mháistir scoile scairte, file agus acadóir cáiliúil é.

Chuireamar an chéad Féile ar siúl i Mhí na Márta, 2018, lé hAifreann as Gaeilge í tSéipéal Pharóiste Bhaile Uí Dhonnchú.  Leanamar sin lé Féile scríbhneoireachta, filiocht, ceol, caint agus drámaíocht. Bhí dúaiseanna le bhronnadh ag an Seoladh ar son Comórtais Scríbhneoireachta as Gaeilge agus as Bearla chun pháistí agus daoine fásta comh maith.

Bhí cheardlainn scriobhneoireachta, ceol traidisiúnta, ealaín agus scéalaiocht ar siúl í rith an Sathairn. Ceolcoirm mór, soar in aisce ansin san oiche – ceol, rince, amhránaíocht, scéalaiocht agus mar sin.

Bhí ‘Caife agus Comhrá’ againn maidin Dé Domhnaigh – seisiún Gaeilge comhráiteach, agus seisiún ‘Mic Oscailte’ ina dhíaidh chun deireadh a chur leis an bhFéile.

“Won’t you meet me in Lisselton?” Bryan Murphy

Images from 2018 BallydonoghueBardic Festival

Click here for Gallery of Images and Video from Hedge school re-enactment

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