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The Warp and Weft of Heritage Weekend
Fri 11th October - Sun 13th October 2019

Ardara, Co. Donegal

Donegal Folklore, Fact and Fiction and celebrating the 60th anniversary of Darby O’Gill and the Little People

 

Organised by

Donegal G.A.P. Heritage and History

 

2019 Programme

 

 

 

Friday 11th October

Children’s Activities Schedule

09:00 – 11:00: Matinee Film Screening: Darby O’Gill & the Little People
Methodist Hall, Ardara.

11.30 – 12.30 *times approximate: Exhibition “From Ireland to Hollywood: Darby O’Gill & the Little People: The World Premiere”
Conor Doyle – special talk for children at the Heritage Centre, Ardara.

13.30 – 14.30 *times approximate: Storytelling & Story Cube workshop & Local school’s exhibition
Bob Curran, author of Leprechauns & Field Guide to Irish Fairies at the Methodist Hall, Ardara.

 

Exhibitions on throughout the day at the Heritage Centre Ardara

 

12:00 – 18:00: Exhibition “From Ireland to Hollywood: Darby O’Gill & the Little People – The World Premiere” & The Wee Paddy McGill Antiquity Collection.
Conor Doyle, Lochlann McGill at the Heritage Centre, Ardara.

 

Official Opening of the Warp & Weft 2019

18:30 – 19:00: Official Opening of the Warp & Weft Weekend 2019
Acclaimed Irish playwright, screenwriter, film director and six-time academy award nominee, Jim Sheridan, will officially open the weekend.
Introduction and a warm welcome to the Watkin & McGill/Kennedy/McBride families, our contributors and guests.
Dress code: Vintage.
Methodist Hall, Ardara.

19:00 – 20:30: Talk “The Story Behind the Story: Wee Paddy McGill, Larry Watkin & Jimmy O’Rourke”
Lochlann McGill, Adrienne Watkin, Jack Maguire, Bart Whelan at the Methodist Hall, Ardara

20:30 – close: Evening event “A fine night in 1947” at Nancy’s Bar
Vintage 1947 party in Nancy’s. Live music by The Swingtime Starlets, readings by Carmel McGill, opening of Art Exhibition, post-war gin cocktails and prize for best dressed on the night.

21:00: Art Exhibition “The Wee Wild Folk”
Alarnagh Barrett McGinley at Nancy’s Bar

 

Saturday 12th October

Scheduled Talks: 3 sessions covering Folklore, Fact and Fiction at the Methodist Hall, Ardara

09:30 – 10:00: Registration, Tea/Coffee

10:00 – 10:15: Welcome & Introduction
GAP Team

 

Session 1: Myth & folklore: Ireland to Donegal

10:15 – 10:30: Introduction to Session
Dr. Breandán Mac Suibhne

10:30 – 11:00: Land, Sea, Sky, Story: Mythologies of Donegal from Past to Present
Mary MacKenna

11:00 – 11:30: A Place Apart: the early years of the Irish Folklore Commission in Donegal and Seamus Delargy
Dr. Kelly Fitzgerald

11:30 – 12:00: Donegal Fiddle Music, the Filí & Finding your Genius in a Fairy Fort
Dr. Caomhín Mac Aoidh

12:00 – 12:15: Q & A with panel
Dr. Breandán Mac Suibhne

LUNCH TIME

Session 2: Local folklorists

13:15 – 13:30: Introduction to Session
Dr. Breandán Mac Suibhne

13:30 – 14:00: Donegal Folklore Collectors
Aisling Ní Churraighín

14:00 – 14:30: ‘Bí ag gconaí ag éisteacht’ (Be always listening) – Seán Bán Mac Meanman
Seamus McElwee

14:30 – 14:45: Q & A with panel
Dr. Breandán Mac Suibhne

TEA BREAK

Session 3: Film and faeries

15:00 – 15:15: Introduction to session
Professor Ruth Barton

15:15 – 15:45: The Making of Darby O’Gill & the Little People
Dr. Brian McManus

15:45 – 16:15: From the Liberties to Hollywood: How Jimmy O’Dea became “King Brian”
Conor Doyle

16:15 – 16:30: Q & A with panel
Professor Ruth Barton

16:30 – 16:40: Close
GAP Team

 

Saturday Evening Schedule

18.00 – 20:00: Film Screening of Darby O’Gill & the Little People
The Methodist Hall, Ardara.

20.30 – 22:00: Stories with the Seanchaí with light refreshments served. Must prebook on Saturday morning as space is limited.
Keith Corcoran & Bart Whelan at St. Shanaghan House, Ardara

20:00 – close: Traditional Irish Music at the Beehive
The Beehive Bar, Ardara.

 

Sunday 13th October

Field Trip by bus

‘Watkin’s Finding Ardara: Forts, Fairies, Folklore, Fantasies and Fiddles’
Led by Paula Harvey & Brian Lacy
Departing from the Nesbitt Arms Hotel at 10.30am (Duration approximately 4 hours)

Opening Event and all screenings of the film are free of charge

Admission:

Weekend Ticket (includes all Saturday Talks and the Sunday Field Trip):
Full Price: €25
Concession: €20

For single admission:
Saturday Talks: 1/2 day: €10
Saturday Talks: Full day: €20
Sunday Field Trip: €10

To register, please go to the Warp & Weft page at Eventbrite.
 

 

Contact:  087-9214206  ardaraheritagehistory@gmail.com

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