A celebration of Longford Culture recently took place at Granard Library and was organised by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCE)’s John Dungan Branch (Granard), in partnership with the Joe Callaghan (Edgeworthstown) and Longford Branches of CCE, as well as local singers, musicians and dancers.
Over 120 people gathered in Granard Library for an evening that formed part of the national Culture Night initiative on Friday, September 16.
Culture Night is an annual all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts. It has grown from a relatively small scale cultural event staged only in Dublin in 2006 to the significant national cultural event it now is, with some 350,000 people estimated to be involved this year alone.
“In Granard, the evening was a showcase of great traditional Irish talent from young and old people throughout our county. The evening’s itinerary included fiddle players, set dancers, singers, bodhrán and accordion players,” said Mary Carleton Reynolds, County Longford Librarian.
The Fear an Tí (MC) was Eamon Brennan and he ensured that the large, appreciative audience was entertained throughout the evening. Music, song and dance were enjoyed by all.
Particularly impressive on the evening was a group of 21 young fiddle players ranging in age from 8-12 years. They have been learning their instrument over the last number of months and gave a wonderful performance under the guidance of their tutor, Cáit Glennon.
Many of those taking part are also winners at County, Leinster and All Ireland Fleadh level and the night clearly demonstrated that Irish music is alive and thriving in Co Longford.
“We are delighted with the support our night received from the Longford community. The musicians, singers and dancers were excellent in their performances and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their evening,” said Mrs Carleton Reynolds.
She concluded, “Longford County Library and the event organisers are very grateful to An tOireachtas Gréasán na nGael and Majella Ní Chríocháin for their support in our culture night in Granard”.