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  • Daithí Ó Gallchobhair
  • Foilsithe DFómh. 2, 2018

Oíche Chultúir – A Cultural Success!

On September 21st, for the second year running, Gnó Mhaigh Eo hosted the ‘Slí an Spraoi’ bike buffet tour as part of the 2018 Oíche Chultúir schedule. The event was first organised in Cathair na Mart in conjunction with Westport Smarter Travel and was then introduced to Caisleán an Bharraigh in 2017.

“Oíche Chultúir is a special event which focuses on broadening people’s awareness of the cultural experiences on their doorstep. The concept is fantastic and given the fact that so many venues have come on board, we were keen to develop an event where people could sample what was on offer across the town” – Freda Nic Giolla Chatháin, CEO Gnó Mhaigh Eo.

This year the tour started at Lough Lannagh, where the instructors at Bikes & Boards were on hand to provide everyone with wheels and lead them on their way. On site at Lough Lannagh, Nicky Dowd introduced the cyclists to the story of ‘Stumpa’, a Christmas book she published last year with two versions available, ceann amháin as Gaeilge and one in English. After creating their own personalised cards, the group set off around the lake on a fresh Friday evening. They rolled up to Cupán Joe’s at Market Square and were greeted with fresh sandwiches and tea, just the sustenance needed for what was ahead! The tables and chairs were pushed aside, and the entire group took part in a Sean-Nós dancing workshop with Gnó Mhaigh Eo’s Daithí Ó Gallchobhair. Once they had perfected their ‘shuffle shuffle stamp’, it was back on the bikes and off to the next stop, Collins Music. The Fear an Tí, Tom Collins, was at hand to greet the bike tour with a wonderful acoustic session.  The hunger was setting in and it was off to Rua who provided a ‘Mayo Mezze – Déanta i Maigh Eo’ on arrival. This little collection of food showcased the best of Mayo produce from brownie to brown bread.  There, the cultural crew were treated to a poetry reading and marvelled at the insightful poetry of Ger Reidy, accompanied by Finn Costelloe, whose words left a lasting impact on his captive audience. To finishup, it was back on the bikes, a trek around the Mall and a final stop in Bridge St. Abandoning their rothair, the tour group grabbed a Bar One brownie and made themselves comfortable in the relaxed surroundings upstairs in Bridge St. Tony Reidy was on hand to serenade the group with his own compositions and all joined in when he started into a familiar rendition of ‘Báidín Fheilimí’.

The event was certainly one to remember and with limited spaces, it’s always in high demand! Cultúr – is leatsa é!