EXPLORING IRELAND: OUR VISIT TO SLIGO

Last weekend we, the Good Energies EVS volunteers, decided to visit Sligo. Two weeks ago we went to Strandhill but we hadn’t the opportunity to make a tour of the city and now that we have, we can say that we really enjoyed it!

Sligo is one of those cities where you can feel a special charm. People are lovely, always ready to help. We started our tour in The Model Arts Centre. There we got a kick out of an exhibition called “Fanned apart” which gave us a glimpse into women’s lives in the twentieth century. After that, the staff suggested a few interesting places to us in the city and they gave us a map.

calry-church-sligo

We visited Calry Church, the Old Abbey and we walked through the streets, which, after living in Leitrim for a month, seemed to us to be full of people!

kate-in-sligo

We enjoyed beautiful views of The Garavogue River sitting having a cup of coffee on the riverside and of course we ended up in Pennys to do some local shopping!

We had a great day and we will definitely come back soon.

DOES EVERYONE IN IRELAND PLAY AN INSTRUMENT?

It has been almost a month since we, the new EVS volunteers, arrived in Leitrim to work with GEAI. This week we attended some cultural events in Carrick-on-Shannon and Ballinaglera – great experiences!

On Thursday 4th October we enjoyed a concert at The Dock Arts Centre: Caitlin and Ciaran with special guest Siobhan O Donnell! It was our first traditional Irish music concert and we were delighted to hear them playing the fiddle and concertina as well as dancing to traditional tunes.  Siobhan O Donnell was brilliant at the guitar and she charmed us with her spectacular voice.

mulveys-at-trad-weekend

On Friday 5th, the Ballinaglera Traditional Music Weekend kicked off! A great concert was held in Ballinaglera Community Hall and we enjoyed the fun between flautist Marcus Hernon, his family and amazing singer Don Stiffe. Another immersion into Irish culture!

And that was not the end! Sunday evening saw us enjoying a traditional music session in Rynn’s Pub, Ballinaglera. People gathered together singing traditional songs and reciting poems as well as playing flutes, fiddles and guitars. Does everyone in Ireland play an instrument?  After that we went to Mulvey’s Pub where we listened to Ballinaglera’s “Young Stars”, children already proficient in Irish music. It was incredible to see how involved they are with traditional music at an early age.

COPYRIGHT

® All rights reserved to GEAI 2018