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Úna Bhán Tourism Host A ‘Hooley In The Kitchen’

Date: 31/05/2019

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On Thursday May 30th last the Plunkett Home and Drumderrig Nursing Home in Boyle played host to Úna Bhán Tourism’s ‘Hooley In The Kitchen’ as part of Age & Opportunities, Bealtaine Festival 2019 and the book developed in 2018 titled ‘Mná Na Búille’ which included the autobiographical stories of twenty Boyle women aged over sixty-five years. On the day residents danced and sang along to the music of renowned folk singer Cathy Jordan, maestro flute player Patsy Hanly and famed local box player Brian Mostyn. Also performing on the day was Ryan Owens, current All Ireland Champion Sean Nós Dancer who wowed all with his fancy footwork and the mesmerising brush dance.

Although the real stars of the show were the 6th Class students of Scoil nAingeal Naofa National School and the Transition Year students of Abbey Community College in Boyle, both schools had been working closely with Cathy Jordan and dancer Eileen Guckian for four weeks leading up to the day, learning well known traditional folk songs such as ‘The Sweet Forget Me Not’ and dances such as the old time waltz and the famous ‘Shoe The Donkey’.

The ‘Hooley In The Kitchen’ was a true celebration of the wonderful women who contributed to ‘Mná Na Buille’, ensuring that the younger generation of Boyle women would have a greater sense of the generations that have come before them.

Bealtaine is Ireland’s national festival which uniquely celebrates the arts and creativity as we age. The festival is run by Age & Opportunity, the national organisation that promotes active and engaged living as we get older.  

This project was supported by the Creative Ireland Programme, an all-of-Government five-year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy. Further information from creative.ireland.ie and ireland.ie

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