Courtmacsherry St. Patrick’s festival

Posted on: 8th March, 2016

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

A St Patrick’s festival of diverse historical, cultural and artistic events will run from March 13 to 20 in Courtmacsherry as part of the 1916 commemorations.

A historical talk by Dr Gearóid Barry, Department of History, School of Humanities, NUI Galway will take place on Friday, March 18 at 8pm in Courtmacsherry Community Centre. The talk ‘Soldiers are We: 1916 Ireland and the World’ will locate events with the broader European and global context and will be followed by a Question and Answer session.

On Saturday, March 19, the renowned ‘Cór Chúil Aodha’ under the direction of Peadar O Riada will give a concert in the Community Centre at 8pm sharp. This concert will be supported by a local production of ‘A Terrible Beauty’, a dramatisation of the events of 1916 through the poetry, prose, love letters and songs of the time.  Angela Veldman O’Donovan has devised and arranged this production and it includes a local interest story of 20 year old Charlie Saurin, who was part of F Company in Dublin in Easter week 1916 and was among the seven hand-picked young men, approved by Patrick Pearse, to undertake a suicide mission from a loft overlooking Moore Street.  Lt. Colonel Charles Saurin retired to Courtmacsherry in 1953.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be the highlight of this festival week with a sea parade at 4.30pm and a land parade at 5pm. This is the 10th anniversary parade and is being celebrated by inviting The Dagenham Girls Pipe Band UK to Courtmacsherry. The Butter Exchange Brass and Reed Band Cork will lead off the parade. Grand Marshal of the 2016 Parade is Ann O’Donovan, who works tirelessly for the community on diverse committees and projects. Guest of Honour is Mr. Michael Manning, former Fáilte Ireland Tourism officer for West Cork and a great friend of Courtmacsherry. The theme of this year’s parade is 1916 and floats commemorating this historic week will feature strongly. As a sea and land parade is rather unique in Ireland, huge crowds are expected in the village that afternoon.

The local primary school children are being catered for as well. A competition for fifth and sixth classes, under the title: ‘Remembering the people and/or the Proclamation of 1916’ invites the students to express their thoughts on the topic through poetry, art, and prose in Irish or English. All entries will be displayed in the Community Centre on Friday March 18 from 6pm where the winning entries will be announced.

Old-time and céilí dancing, films and Irish themed dinner will make this a week to remember in Courtmacsherry. A brochure with all details is available in local outlets.

The Courtmacsherry St. Patrick’s Day Committee is very grateful for the financial support of Cork County Council.

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