Killeagh May Sunday Festival

By Claire O’Donoghue

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A wonderful array of festivities set over the weekend of 4 -7 May this year will welcome the age old tradition of May Sunday back to Killeagh. The Creative Killeagh team, along with the support of the Killeagh / Inch Historical society and locals, will revive the old customs and traditions of the festival with photographs, articles, old May Sunday programmes and include a torchlight procession, fancy dress competition, and open-air dance. Irish May Day traditions have inspired workshops on May Bush and butter making and a visit to St. Fainin’s holy well in the wood. The festival will come to fantastic finale on Monday with the GAA Family Fun Day, as the hurling was often part of past May Sundays. And of course, there will be music in the pubs.
The following pieces are just a taste of what is lined up:

• Local filmmaker Kara Sweeney and Inch Foróige after learning aspects of filmmaking in a workshop in collaboration with Cork Young Filmmakers will be putting their new skills to use, having shot a documentary about the village that will be screened on May Sunday.
• Canadian Artist Sara French, will transform the Greywood dining room into a bar for all age where only a story, joke or party piece will earn you a drink. This event will take place Saturday 21 April at 7pm.
• Greywood Arts director Jessica Bonenfant Coogan is organising “This Neck of the Woods: an Exhibition about Where We Live”. She has invited locals to bring in an object that represents their connection to the village. The artefacts and stories will be on display at Greywood during the festival weekend.

All this and so much more is planned. Keep an eye here for more details and the date approaches and check out the www.creativekilleagh.ie

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