Siamsa Sráide Programme of Events Released

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Siamsa Sráide

The 30th Siamsa Sráide festival takes place, in Swinford, on the August bank holiday which starts on Friday the 1st of August to Wednesday the 6th of August. It’s a FREE street festival, that offers fun for all the family, and it is officially the longest running street festival in Ireland!  The festival is very important to the local economy but more importantly it is a time for friends and families to re-unite, socialise and enjoy plenty of music and fun on the streets and in the pubs of Swinford.  If you are considering making the trip to Swinford, it’s a very busy time so book your accommodation early.

The festival couldn’t take place without the support of it’s sponsors: The local Swinford businesses and pubs, Eurospar Swinford, Michael Smyth (Mayo Co Co community funds), Diageo, Mayo Co. Co. Arts, Music Generation, CCÉ Cr Michael Davitt Swinford, Street Traders and the raffle. The committee Bríd O’Connell, Joe Mellett, Liam Campbell, Cathal Kelly, Derek Kennedy, Tom and Diane Lavin, Brendan Doyle and Brendan Cassidy have to be commended for all their hard work and effort over the years.

The Siamsa Sráide event guide is as follows:

Workshops Commencing Monday the 28th of July for one week: 

10 am Creative Dance Classes under 18

3 pm – 5 pm Traditional Irish Music Tuition over 8’s – Fiddle, Tin Whistle, Bodhrán and Banjo.

7 pm West African Drumming over 8

ALL CLASSES ARE FREE OF CHARGE.

Friday 1st of August

6 pm – Gateway Hotel – Official opening of the festival by Mrs Joanne Grehan, Head of Enterprise and Investment Mayo Co Co.

Tributes to overseas guests and Michaela Walsh International Athlete.

8pm Paul Brady in concert in Swinford Parish Church

Saturday 2nd August

6 pm Swinford Athletic Club Fun Run U12 2km – Free Entry

6.30 pm Siamsa Fun/Jog/Walk/ 5km and 10km – Entry €5 and €10

8 pm Bláth na Féile “Flower of the Festival”, an event by Green Room Beauty Studio

Sunday 3rd August – Childrens Day

1 pm Seisiún na nóg Open Air

2 pm – 5 pm Kiddies Club

4 pm Seó Pupéad dhá theangach – Puppet shows, face painting, bouncy castle

8 pm – 11 pm Cross Roads Céilí – Glenside Céilí Band

Monday 4th August

2.30 pm Children’s Talent Contest Under 14 – Main St

3.30 pm Creative Dance Display, Traditional Irish Music and West African Drumming Display.

5.30 pm Leisurely family cycle around Swinford, start at the Square organised by Swinford Peddlers group.

6.30 pm Centenary Mass – Kilconduff Cemetery

8.00 pm Arts Concert – Musicians, singers and poems – O’Connors Hotel –  Entry €7.

10.30 pm – 12.30 am Open Air Social Dance – Brose Walsh Band

Tuesday 5th August – Emigrant, Heritage, Craft and Cnterprise Day.

Market Stalls and Street Music

11 am Street Broadcast Midwest Radio

2 pm – 5 pm Folk Music – The Molloy Brothers – on Market St.

3 pm – 5 pm Céili Mór – Copperplate Céilí Band

6 pm Midfield Pipe Band

9.30 pm Folk and Trad band 4&9’s – on Market St

10.30 pm – 12.30 pm Open Air Dance – Music by Patrick Feeney Band

Wednesday 6th August – Old Harvest Fair Day with Street Stalls

12 pm – 2 pm International Busking Competition – Under 18’s

2 pm – 5 pm International Busking Competition – Over 18’s

5 pm – 7 pm Everyday Solutions

10.30 pm – 12.30 pm Open Air Harvest Fair Dance – Music by Michael English Band.

For more information visit www.siamsa-sraide.com

 

 

Author: Cathal Quinn

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