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Oireachtas na Samhna; gathering of Gaels

The national Irish arts and culture festival takes over Killarney, 1-5 November. An annual celebration of Irish song, dance, literature, language and more, Oireachtas na Samhna 2017 brings this lively cultural gathering to Killarney, County Kerry.

With some 10,000 people meeting to explore and experience the very best in sean nós singing, dancing, songwriting and literary competitions, great displays in recitations and storytelling, university debates, film premieres, book launches, young people’s workshops and not to mention the annual literary and media awards; Killarney’s showcasing and celebrating the Irish language in many a medium this November.

Now thirty years since Kerry’s first hosting of this moveable cultural feast, the very first Oireachtas was actually held in Dublin’s Rotunda way back in 1897 and, astonishingly for a half-day festival, saw over 1,000 people attend.

This year’s stellar programme sees performances and events focused on young people’s participation as well as the traditional oral arts which form such a core part of our rich Irish culture, language and heritage. Brimming with junior and senior competitions, formal and informal music and singing sessions, exhibitions, seminars, drama and a host of fringe events, an tOireachtas will see attendees travel from every Gaeltacht region and beyond.

TG4 will be broadcasting from the festival too, so even those who can’t head west can still enjoy the cultural craic.


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