BALLYDUFF MUSICIANS AND DANCERS VISIT TO GLENS OF ANTRIM
24TH – 26TH OCTOBER 2008
On the week-end of 24th-26th October 2008,
40 musicians and dancers arrived at Kilmore House in Glenariff
for the second part of an exchange visit between Ballyduff
Comhaltas and Glens of Antrim Comhaltas which was part funded
by the Arts Council for Northern Ireland through Turas the
Kilmore House which is situated in the middle
of Glenariff Glen was to be their base for the week-end. On
arrival on Friday evening at Kilmore, dinner was served by
members of the local committee and then locals and visitors
were treated to an evening of music and dancing which went
on into the wee small hours.
On Saturday workshops kicked off at 11.00
am in both music and set dancing (adults) with lunch being
provided at 1.00 pm. At 2.00 pm there was a dance workshop
for children in the Community Centre in Cushendall.
Saturday evening saw everyone gather in the
Boat Club in Cushendall where the visiting and local musicians
were able to showcase some of the tunes they had learned earlier
in the day. This was followed by a ceili.
Sunday was free for the visitors to take in
some of the beautiful scenery along the Antrim Coast before
meeting up in the evening in the Golf Club Cushendall where
both Comhaltas Groups entertained a packed hall with their
traditional music, song and dance talents.
The bus departed from Kilmore about 10.00
am on Monday morning for their long journey back to Ballyduff
in County Waterford.
Tom Hyland (Chairman of Ballyduff Comhaltas)
said of his stay in the Glens of Antrim “a very enjoyable
week-end with excellent accommodation and hospitality. We
made many new friends and hopefully the contact between the
two areas can continue in the years to come, especially through
our young musicians and dancers.”
The thanks and gratitude of both Comhaltas
Branches was made to the Arts Council for their generous funding
of the project which would not have been possible without
project is supported by An Chomhairle Ealaion and the Arts
Council of Northern Ireland through the Turas/Journey programme