A group would gather in the kitchen (the usual gathering spot!) and using brooms, spoons, a piece of wood or skin drum and with their voices create lively entertainment of dancing, clogging and song. The residents of Rathcairn Village in County Meath, one of the few remaining Irish language enclaves where people actually conduct their daily business in Irish, perform on stage to educate and keep the Gaelic traditions and native language alive. In Northwest Ireland, music festivals are everywhere! It's an extraordinary way to spend the summer moving from one festival to another with a stop in a pub for a pint and more music.
This 5th episode of Discoveries Ireland begins in Kilrush at Mrs Crotty music festival then travels around the country to sample a wide variety of great Irish music and dance. From single players or small groups on the streets and cafes to scenic attractions like the Cliffs of Moher, to larger performances like Bru Boru who have given Irish traditional music, song and dance a whole new stature in the world of entertainment.