Packed schedule lined up for 2014 Bealtaine festival

Mary Ellen Gray, Bridie McCabe, Julia Gray, Kathleen Brady and Anna McAvennia. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
An exciting schedule has been planned ahead of the 2014 Bealtaine Festival.

An exciting schedule has been planned ahead of the 2014 Bealtaine Festival.

Organised nationally by Age and Opportunity, the festival is co-ordinated locally by a network of service providers led by Longford County Library, County Longford Older Person’s Network, Longford Community Gardaí, Longford and Westmeath ETB, St Joseph’s Day Care Centre, Rathmhuire Resource Centre, Lus na Gréine and local schools.

Each year the festival adopts a new theme and this year’s theme is ‘And catch the heart off guard’ – a line from the late Seamus Heaney’s poem, ‘Postscript’.

The festival will open at the Backstage Theatre on Wednesday, May 7 at 2pm, with an afternoon of music, song and dance from all the active age groups in the county plus special guests. This will open an exciting schedule of events for the month.

‘The Man in the Woman’s Shoes’ by Michael Murphy will be staged at the Backstage Theatre on Wednesday, May 14 at 3pm. Booking is essential and a special group rate will apply for Active Retirement members. On Thursday, May 29, Noel Monahan will launch the Granard Writers’ first CD of prose and poetry. The festival will close with the Longford Community Gardaí Afternoon Tea Dance on Wednesday, May 28 in Longford Slashers.

Copies of this year’s programme are available in your local library or from County Longford Older Persons’ Network. For all bookings or for any information on events please contact Fiona or Majella on 043-3341124 or email fcooney@longfordcoco.ie.