FOR the sixth year in a row Féile Shoilse Thoraí will be held on Tory Island highlighting its rich and artistic culture to the many visitors expected from July 13 to 15 as part of this year’s Earagail Arts Festival.
Award-winning broadcaster and journalist, Rónán Mac Aodha Bhuí is somewhat of a legend amongst the young Irish-speaking community.
Rónán will be hosting his hugely popular Cabaret Craiceáilte, which is held on the last Saturday of every month at Tigh Huidaí Beag, in Bunbeg, and when Rónán call the big stars of Irish trad and modern music come to entertain.
He said: “Tá mé ag tabhairt cuairt ar Oilean Thoraigh achan bhliain on chead uair a thug me cuairt ar an Oilean sa bhliain 1987. Ta mó chroí istigh san áit agus sna daoine.
“Bhí baint agam le Féile Soilse Thóraigh, anuraidh, nuair a thug daoine maithe ar an Oileán cuireadh dom Cabaret Craiceáilte a eagrú mar chuid den fhéile.
“Bhí deire seachtaine ar doigh againn, mar a bhíonn I dtolamh. Ní bheidh an Chabaret ann i mbliana, ach guím gach ráth ar Féile Soilse Thoraigh, muintir an Oileáin, agus na cuairteoirí uilig a bhéas ansin.Tóraigh go bráth.”
Highlights of Féile Shoilse Thorai will include Immram, a meandering illuminated spectacle of fire and music by LUXe on Saturday night, July 14.
That night, aside from the wealth of local musicians and impromptu sessions throughout the festival, renowned Donegal fiddler and former Dervish player Martin McGinley and friends will take to the stage of the Social Club.
Throughout the weekend you can also look forward to witnessing the annual island curragh races, guided tours by sea, Céilí Mór, dancing workshops and children’s entertainment.
There are many more special events happening during this year’s Earagail Arts Festival so grab a copy of the brochure nation-wide or log onto www.eaf.ie