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16th annual Féile Iorrais draws big crowds
The 16th annual Féile Iorrais, sponsored by the Corrib Gas Partners, ran from July 15 to July 24 this year, at venues all over Erris. The international folk arts festival grows bigger by the year and is now attracting top international as well as national acts.
This year international acts came from Sweden, USA, Spain, England, France and Poland. The festival includes drama workshops, sean-nós dancing, theatre, film, exhibitions, music and song and these are presented at a variety of venues throughout the barony from Doohoma to Eachléim to the wonderfully-appointed Áras Inis Gluaire arts centre in Belmullet town.
One of the top draws was in Ionad Deirbhle, Eachléim where grammy award-winner Moya Brennan and renowned international harp virtuoso Cormac De Barra attracted huge audiences.
By common consent this year’s festival was acclaimed a wonderful success, and already work has commenced on next year’s event.
Féile committee member Ian McAndrew said the 16th festival was “the most successful to date with six international acts as well as a host of national and local events of interest.”
“The Moya Brennan/Cormac De Barra event in Ionad Deirbhle went down very well while a new departure this year was a day event for the community in Bangor which proved an outstanding success,” said Ian.
He thanked Shell and the other sponsors – Mayo County Council, the Arts Council, Ealaín na Gaeltachta Teoranta, Access Cinema and the Music Network – for their support. “Without our sponsors, it would not be possible to stage a festival of such variety and international repute.”