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18th Aug 2024
to 14th Sep 2024

Age Range
All ages

The Courthouse Gallery & Studios

Parliament St

The legacy of the Céilí and Dance Bands of Ennistymon

The legacy of the Céilí and Dance Bands of Ennistymon: How does it enhance our current sense of place and belonging?

This initiative, over two evenings, will bring together our local and European traditions in music and dance, sharing the European mummering tradition of our Polish and Ukrainian communities.

On August 18th, at the Courthouse Gallery we will examine the legacy of the Céilí and Dance bands of the area since 1930, with an audio visual presentation by Enda Byrt. Musicians and dancers of that era will add to the presentation with their reminiscences and explore how that legacy enhances our current sense of place and belonging.

Through reproductions of archival prints, audio recordings from the era and live interviews with the few surviving musicians and dance goers, the public interactions presented as key events will bring the social history of the 1940s to 1960s period to life. 

The exhibition of photographs, posters and recordings will be opened on the evening and will be on view in the Courthouse Gallery through September 14th.

On September 14th  at the Courthouse Gallery a night of celebration of the European  Mummering tradition brings together the local and Eastern European expressions of these shared, ancient practices with music and dance. What is often referred to as a uniquely Irish phenomenon, has many parallel European roots. This event will bring to life the shared histories, in particular of our Ukrainian and Polish community members. 

Please note that the details of events listed above are provided by the relevant Local Authorities.

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