The Siamsa Tre Folk Festival
Friday, 13 July 2012
Whether you are an Irish native holidaying in Kerry or a visitor from overseas, why not venture beyond Ballybunion while you are here to take in the Siamsa Tíre festival. It is essentially a festival of Irish music, song and dance. Siamsa Tíre is the home of Irish folk theatre. It is in Tralee, which is a short drive from Ballybunion.
It started in May and runs until September. You can see what’s on by clicking the programme info, and then deciding on what takes your fancy! As you can see there is a lot of choice over the next few months so don’t let the bad weather put you off doing things. In fact here is a previous post on some activities you can do in Ballybunion regardless of whether its raining or not.
You can book tickets for most Siamsa Tíre events online, or you can phone their box office. The number can be found here. Either way you will be spoilt for choice. This is just one of many events taking place around the North Kerry region over the summer months. It is definitely something different to the norm, and something to be experienced during your stay in Ballybunion.
It will also give you something to talk about as you work your way around the golf course the following day! Why not contact us here at Teach de Broc to book your accommodation. That way, you get the best of both worlds. You get to experience the Irish arts at their best and also experience a wonderful seaside holiday at the same time.
Here are some highlights of what is happening this year:
Clann Lir – The Story of the Children of Lir
As taken from the Siamsa Tíre website, Clann Lir, an eternal tale of evil and salvation, is a story as old as Ireland itself. According to the legend, the four children of King Lir, Fionnuala, Conn, Aodh and Fiachra were turned into swans by their wicked stepmother, Aoife. This production portrays the journey of the Four Children of Lir who are doomed to spend nine hundred years in the guise of swans, but are allowed to keep their beautiful singing voices.
Oileán – Celebrating the Blasket Islands
This production celebrates life on the Blasket Islands, exploring the way of life of the islanders and their spirit of survival. Oileán captures the essence of this island community, their traditions and customs, their wealth of song and story, their love of life and their strong kinship with one another. Presented by the members of the National Folk Theatre of Ireland, this production celebrates and explores Blasket Island living while also challenging our own notions of identity as contemporary islanders.
You can read more about Siamsa Tíre by visiting their website. You can get in touch with us to enquire about bookings by clicking here. No excuses with getting some Irish culture into you!
Author: Teach de Broc