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Lúnasa Festival 2021 -The Lost Songs of the Border – Song Workshop

Lúnasa Festival 2021 -The Lost Songs of the Border – Song Workshop
Come and learn some of the recently restored songs of the South Armagh, Louth and Monaghan border areas in this 3 hour song workshop.
Come along to the Ring of Gullion Lúnasa Festival 2021 and immerse yourself in the rich landscape, culture and heritage of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). This festival is part of the Mourne-Gullion-Strangford Aspiring UNESCO Global Geopark of events and is funded by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. To find a full list of events visit
Séan Ó hAnnáin (John Hannon) is one of the most important collectors of song, poem, verse, proverbs and placenames. He collected these from some of the last native speakers of Irish of the greater Crossmaglen and border area, whom he came in contact with on a daily basis as he worked in his small shop which still stands adjoining Ma Kearney’s public house in Crossmaglen.
He now rests in St. Patricks Church graveyard in Crossmaglen, but has left behind him a wealth of untapped song in his numerous notebooks and papers.
This song workshop is part of a wider project under the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media’s 2021 Co-operation with Northern Ireland Funding Scheme which proposes to reinvigorate and showcase the unique and long-forgotten songs of the greater Crossmaglen district, north Louth and south Monaghan area, dating from the early 20th century, some of which haven’t been heard sung in over 100 years.
In this 3 hour workshop you will have the opportunity to learn a few songs direct from the local singers who have restored them. You will be provided with a song sheet, the lyric and also the phonetic lyric of the song to help you along the way, opening the door to a new way of learning the language.
Come and join us for a fun and interactive afternoon of song set in the idyllic location of Bluebell Lane Glamping.
Booking is essential. Click here to book.
Cost: £10
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Event Details

Lúnasa Festival 2021 -The Lost Songs of the Border – Song Workshop takes place on August 28, 2021.
It starts at 2:00pm and ends at 5:00pm.

Event Location

Bluebell lane glamping., Tullymacreeve Road, Mullaghbawn, Newry,
Lottery Funded
NIEA DoE N&M DC Biodiversity

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