A new stock of porter was brought in this morning to the little public house underneath my room and I could hear in the intervals of our talk that a number of men had come in to treat some neighbours from the middle island, and singing many songs, some of them in English of the kind I have given, but most of them in Irish. A little later when the party broke downstairs, my old men got nervous about the fairies – they live some distance away – and set off across the sand hills – JM Synge, The Aran Islands (1906).
RTÉ released a magical seasonal treasure from the Archives. The short film was first broadcast as a segment on the programme ‘Davis at Large’ in 1984. Filmed on the smallest of the Gaeltacht Aran Islands, Inis Oírr, it features Saintí’s visit to the island’s children at the local airstrip. Among the children to speak on camera is local singer MacDara Ó Conaola (then 6 years of age).
Notably, the film was the directorial debut of Declan Lowney who went on to direct Moone Boy, Alan Partridge Alpha Papa and Father Ted. The opening titles of this ground breaking satirical comedy feature an aerial view of Inis Oírr and the Plassy ship wreck on the so-called fictional Craggy Island.
Watch the footage of ‘Davis at Large’ 1984 on the RTE Archive at http://bit.ly/2kSe3bq
Listen to resident Inis Oírr sean nós singer MacDara Ó Conaola recalling Santa’s visit to Inis Oírr in 1984 in an interview with Ryan Tubridy at http://bit.ly/2kTyiWb
Making the Inisheer Zibaldone
It’s so Easy performed by MacDara Ó Conaola, traditional and sean-nós singer from Inis Oírr.
MacDara will be hosting a concert at 9pm on Friday 15th September at Áras Éanna arts centre on the island. The performance will be of approx. 1 hour in duration. This event takes place during Feile na gClcoh.
Salt water painting on Inis Oírr with James Francis Moore.
Medium: salt water on limestone.
Enjoy cycling round Inis Oírr with Cormac Coyne on his magic bicycle.
Exploring the island’s coastline on our bicycles, we were transfixed by beautiful singing. Sirens luring us onto the rocks?
Rounding the next bend in the bohreen we came across Lieve, Greta, Els and Kristel from Antwerp. Jessica joined them for a song which her Flemish mother taught her as a child.