Éigse na Brídeoige is a cultural festival which takes place every year during the first weekend in February. The events are spread over various centres in the Gaeltacht areas of Iveragh in South Kerry.

Each year a different theme celebrates and investigates some aspect of the rich social and cultural heritage of the area. The theme can be a person, a place, an organisation or any other aspect of that heritage. Lectures, seminars and field trips explore various aspects of the theme. The weekend also includes music, song, and poetry in both concerts and informal sessions. The timing of the Éigse is intended as a celebration of the Brídeog /Biddy tradition celebrating Saint Bridget’s day, which is also a celebration of the coming of spring, regeneration and growth.

PROGRAM FOR 2017

Friday, 3rd February

Caherdaniel Community Hall - 7.30pm
Official Opening of the Éigse by Minister of State for the Gaeltacht, Seán Kyne TD

7.00 pm- Bus leaving Sea Lodge Hotel, Waterville for Caherdaniel. Booking 0872931463

Film – Fís na Fuiseoige 8.00pm

A prizewinning film about the close bond that has always existed between Irish poetry and the landscape. It was filmed at locations all over the country, with Iveragh given pride of place as the birthplace of the first poem in Irish. The film will be introduced by the director, Aodh Ó Coileáin

Free admission

An Píobaire Dall / The Blind Piper - 10.00pm
Oíche Amhránaíochta le aíonna na hÉigse agus amhránaithe áitiúla – an informal session with the best of traditional singers.

Saturday, 4th February

Ionad na Dromoda, An Chillín Liath- 10.00am

Arts practitioners speaking of their life, work and the importance of bi lingualism in their world.

Áine Úí Cheallaigh (amhránaí)

Louis Mulcahy (potadóir/file)

Lisbeth Mulcahy (fíodóir/ealaíontóir)

Ríonach Ní Néill (rinnceoir)

Óstán An Sea Lodge, An Coireán -2.30pm
The future of Irish in Iveragh – a panel discussion.

An tOll. Muiris Ó Laoire (Cathaoirleach/Chair)

Adrian Cain, Manx language Officer, Isle of Man

Micheál Óg Ó Leidhin

Edel Ní Bhraonáin

Clíona Ní Bhraonáin

Siobhán Nic Giolla Phádraig

Elaine Joy

Eimear Ní Mhurchú

Óstán An Sea Lodge, An Coireán- 8.00pm

The Éigse Concert
Albiez

Cormac Breatnach (feadóig/whistles)

Tola Custy (fidil/fiddle)

Laoise Kelly (cláirseach/harp)

Popular trio Albiez will present their unique blend of traditional music in a rousing concert.

10.00pm Ceol agus Craic le scoth na gceoltóirí.

Fáilte roimh cách - An informal session. All welcome.

Sunday, 5th February

Séipéal Naomh Mhichíl Baile ’n Sceilg -11.00am

Aifreann na hÉigse á chraoladh beo ar Raidió na Gaeltachta.

Ionad Pobal,Dún Géagáin, Baile ‘n Sceilg - 11.45am

Making St. Brigid Crosses – an informal workshop over a cup of tea

Ceardlann Mhanainnise

Join Adrian Cain and Nicola Tooms from The Isle of Man to learn a cúpla focal of the Manx language.

Séipéal Naomh Mhichíl Baile ’n Sceilg -2.30 pm Binneas

Ceolchoirm - Peter Mullarkey director of the groundbreaking Binneas Collection of Iveragh music and song will present a concert featuring material from the collection. Featuring; Tim Dennehy, Seán Garvey, Peter Mullarkey agus Rosaleen Mullarkey, Selena Ní Chonaill, Marion O’Neill, Stephen Scales agus Ceoltóirí Óga Uíbh Ráthaigh

Beidh an seisiúin seo á thaifeadadh ag Raidio na Gaeltachta. The event will be recorded live by Raidio na Gaeltachta. Saor chead isteach/free admission

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Ceolchoirm Dé Sathairn/Concert Saturday – €15

Imeachtaí eile/Other events – €5