Cashel Arts Festival ended on Sunday night with a wonderful finale concert, following a week of activities.
This year’s Fest could truly be described as embodying the spirit of ‘Arts for all in the community’ that was, and still is, the vision for which the festival was originally established.
Highlights of the week included a packed Library to hear Donal Ryan, prize winning author read from his books, ‘The Spinning Heart’ and ‘The thing about December’ to a large attendance in Cashel Library.
Donal’s perceptive writing style and his personable interaction with the audience made this a most enjoyable evening.
Weather once again proved favourable for Friday night’s outdoor event - Jabba Jabba Jembe Drumming workshops and a Fire Show on the Plaza. Over 100 children had the opportunity to play on the variety of drums provided by David Day.
The festival choir, having had three master classes with the mother and son duo, the renowned Nóírin Ní and Moley O Súilleabháin, entertained the audience in St. John’s Cathedral with a repertoire that included Hebrew, Latin, traditional carol, hymn and Gregorian chant.
Nóirín and Moley’s engagement with both choir and audience was memorable. Guitarist Sam Barker’s recital opened the evening. The choir was treated to a standing ovation. Saturday was filled with excellent adult workshops in the Library and Spafield Resource Centre together with family crafts at the Create Café and lunchtime theatre proved both successful and enjoyable in Spearman’s, The Heritage Centre and Feehans.
Earlier, our young singers were given the opportunity to perform in Brú Ború and whilst the numbers were down this year, the two worthy winners of the Sr. Rosarii and Billy D’Arcy cup were 16-year-old Alissa Keating and 10-year-old Iveta Tumasonyte.
A huge thank you to all the Festival sponsors!