Thank you to all the wonderful participants that joined us for Seo é Inis Oírr 2013, looking forward to seeing you all again next year!
Hands on Workshops on the Aran Islands
Residents of Inis Oírr; the smallest of the Aran Islands, are delighted to have hosted the first “Seo é Inis Oírr” Festival where they shared their skills and knowledge of the traditional Culture and Crafts of Inis Oírr with visitors from the 24th-26th of May. Islanders are excited by the prospect of this annual Festival blooming into the future and many ideas for next year’s workshops and demonstrations are already being discussed including ; Thatching, Patch-working, and planting potatoes the Aran Island way.
Participants this time round enjoyed amongst much more learning Seaweed cookery, Aran knitting, Willow basket-making, Dry stonewall building, Sean nós Dancing and of course took part in the nightlife, with local bard Pat Quinn in fine form.
“I would have happily sat out in the field for hours watching the stone-wall building, I was so thrilled to be in such a beautiful setting experiencing something I never imagined I would be doing,” commented on of our brand new stone wall builders.
Participants were warmed by, “The hospitality was over-whelming, I was stuffed with tea and cake from morning ’til night,” and looked forward to using their skills, “I’m so delighted, I’ll be sitting at home knitting my own Aran jumper this Winter!”
The weekend package offered a unique inside glimpse of life on an Irish Island. In addition to taking three of the offered workshops., participants joined the community in opening a craftwork Exhibition on the Friday evening and were won over by the patch-working skills demonstrated by the local cailíní.
“It’s a perfect Festival for this Island, it fits right in snugly, I can’t wait for the next one,” said Teach and Tae’s Alissa Donohue.
For further enquiries about 2014 please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org