Packed line-up for Bealtaine Festival in Longford

Majella Reid


Majella Reid

Mary Ellen Gray, Bridie McCabe, Julia Gray, Kathleen Brady and Anna McAvennia. Photo: Michelle Ghee.
Bealtaine Festival 2013 stepped into action last Wednesday as communities throughout the county begin their month long celebration of creativity as we age.

Bealtaine Festival 2013 stepped into action last Wednesday as communities throughout the county begin their month long celebration of creativity as we age.

This year in Longford, the festival has the theme ‘Grow Happy’ – a call to celebrate growth, spring and positivity for ourselves and our communities.

A packed itinerary of events has been compiled and there is something to suit all tastes. Events got underway with the Official Launch of the Longford Bealtaine Festival at the Backstage Theatre on Wednesday, May 1 at 2pm.

“The Bealtaine Festival is a fantastic way to celebrate the lives and interests of older members of our community. This year’s programme reflects the diversity of interest among older people,” said Mary Carleton Reynolds, Longford County Librarian.

She added: “This year we also celebrate the Year of the Gathering and we are delighted that many of the events in our programme are also Gathering 2013 events. We congratulate all those who worked so hard to bring about these events and we wish you every success.”

Among the many events to look forward to during the month of May is the Reminiscence workshop with Mary Henry titled ‘A Look Back at the Good Times’ (Lus na Gréine, Granard – Fridays, May 10 and 17. Time: 11am – 12.30pm). Other workshops include gardening, pampering yourself and flower arranging. Also, Moatsiders Active Age Group will hold their annual Alzheimer’s Tea Day on Thursday, May 9.

Music inspires all of us and two delightful afternoons of musical nostalgia await anyone who decides to come along.

The first is with Luke Baxter at Ballymahon Community Library on Thursday, May 9 at 3pm. The second is with Aidan O’Hara at Monaduff Social Club, Drumlish on Saturday, May 25 at 3pm.

The Corlea Trackway and Old Bog Road Visitor Centre is a new venue that has been added to the list this year and a great afternoon of music, song and history awaits all on Friday, May 10 at 2.30pm.

Staying with the great outdoors, the Boherquill Ramblers Walking Festival takes place in Streete from Friday, May 10 to Sunday, May 12.

For more great music to get you in the mood the County Longford Fleadh Cheoil gets underway in Ballinalee on the weekend of May 10 to 12.

There’s nothing quite like a test of one’s wits and table quiz enthusiasts can join Longford Library’s Martin Morris for some teasers about their knowledge of Longford in Lanesboro Library, Wednesday May 15.

A quiz across the generations with Melview National School and residents of St Jospeh’s Care Centre, Longford will take place on Monday, May 27.

Keeping with St. Joseph’s Care Centre, St Eimear’s National School Choir will host a variety show at the centre on Thursday, May 16.

Meanwhile, Longford County Choir will take to the stage at St. Mel’s Cathedral Centre on Sunday May 26 to perform Karl Jenkin’s ‘The Armed Man’.

And of course, the month’s festivities would not be complete without a visit to Paddy Egan’s Farm Museum Kenagh on Friday, May 24 for music, story and craic. A warm welcome is guaranteed alongside lots of tea and scones .

These are just some of the many delights that await you this Bealtaine Festival. Almost all of these events are free and everyone is welcome to be part of this great Gathering throughout the month of May.

Pick up your programme at your local library or visit the website or call Fiona at 043-3341124.