Conamara Sea Week – Oct 18th-28th

Myth, Magic and Madness at Conamara Sea Week 2013

The annual Conamara Sea Week takes place in the Quaker village of Letterfrack in North West Conamara, starting Friday Oct. 18th and running until Bank Holiday Monday Oct. 28th.  The village of Letterfrack which is the focal point of the festival is situated at the butt of the magical Diamond Mountain and is the gateway to Connemara National Park.  It is also adjacent to Kylemore Abbey surrounded by mountains and at the edge of the ocean.  This is a fun packed festival celebrating our wonderful marine heritage, with tons of great music and buckets of fun for all the family.

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The official opening will take place in Letterfrack Church at 8.30pm and the opening will have a feast of music, song and dance provided by over 50 of Conamara’s finest young players – a Mol an Óige Concert to remember!  Admission is free and all are welcome.  There will be our usual collection on the night for Galway Hospice.

Conamara Sea Week is a ten day event but most of the action centres over both weekends which are wrapped in the very best of Irish traditional music which such amazing and well known players as Johnny Connolly, The Kane Sisters, Tommy Keane, Jackie McCarthy, Bernadette McCarthy, Marion McCarthy, Tommy McCarthy, Johnny Giles, Henry Benadh, The Hernon Family, Conor Keane, Maire Keane, Kelly Gannon, Marie Walsh, Daire O’Neill, Mary Bergin, The Devaney Brothers, Plunkett O’Toole, Cathal O’Conaire, Mary Greene, Noel Shine, Ellie Greene, Nathan Pilatzke, Kylemore Abbey Choir, West Coast Grupaí Ceoil, The Alan Kelly Gang with the wonderful Eddi Reader & John Douglas Band.

The first weekend has for good measure Kite Flying, Mini Boat Regatta, The Killary Challenge, Music Workshops and Conamara’s Biggest Book Fair.

A new feature this year will be ‘The Rambling House’ harking back to times past when people dropped in, to meet their pals, to make music, listen to stories or tell the odd lie!.  The venue will be Mary Ruddy’s house in Letterfrack and some guests who will be helping the action along will be storyteller Nuala Hayes, musicians Johnny Connolly, Marcus Hernon and a few dancers to rattle the boards.  The door will be open from 8.30pm on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd so drop in, all are more than welcome.  Lots of surprises.

Midweek Wednesday Oct. 23rd is the brilliant ‘After the Light’ spectacle.  A spectacular light show which starts at 7.30 in the evening.  The lights are switched off and the village is transformed into a space where the underworld comes to life in an amazing parade involving ‘children of all ages’!  It allows us all to chase the light and make contact with the spirit of Halloween and celebrate Letterfrack as a centre of excellence.  A scary and exciting evening.

The second weekend will have an abundance of great music and two wonderful concerts to look out for will take place in the newly renovated church in Kylemore Abbey.  Saturday 26th will feature the very impressive Sr. Karol’s Choir with an array of special guests.  Sunday 27th will feature the internationally acclaimed singer Eddi Reader who will be joined by the Alan Kelly Band.  Two wonderful occasions not to be missed.

An exciting input from explorers Jamie and Shane Young of K2 Adventure Centre who will be talking about and showing visual material from their latest expedition to Greenland.     The weekend also will have plenty of pub gigs, Sean nós Dance Workshops, a Seashore Safari and will finish with a mini gathering of a famous musical family – The McCarthy Clan from Co. Clare via London!  As always Brendan Ridge will bring matters to a conclusion with the primary school soccer blitz on Monday 28th at Letterfrack NS 11.00am – football, tea, sandwiches and a big welcome.

For further information contact Leo on 085 1154629  leo.hallissey@gmail.com

 

 

4 Responses to Conamara Sea Week – Oct 18th-28th

  1. Dara Mc Aleer says:

    Thank you so much for involving Scoil Mhuire in Sea Week. We greatly appreciated it and look forward to continued participation into the distant future.
    Dara Mc Aleer
    Principal teacher

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