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NAUL has a rich legacy of music history and folklore, Seamus Ennis Cultural Center marks the achievements of the renowned master uillean piper, broadcaster, story teller and folksong collector. Traditional music and cultural events are held here every weekend an event guide is available online .
The center also offers a rustic style cafe with home cooked food. festival starts as usual on the October bank holiday. Old and new faces travel from east and west to partake in the events and enjoy the craic not least of which a very special guest from fairymount county Roscommon Pat Finn, a man who has been playing music for 80 years...now aged 91 outlasted musicians half his age during the weekend.
So once again the Fingal allstars take to the stage for the first ceili of the weekend. It turns out to be a great night with seven sets. Dances included the Cashel, the Connemara, Sliabh luachra, Kilfenora. and the Plain set.
All levels of dancers enjoy getting togrther, some for the first time. Distant cousins of Seamus Ennis who visited six years ago from Australia and promised to return for the festival are swinging along with the rest. Others who dance together each week in Ballyboughil step it out with zest.
In between sessions there was a quick dash to Ballymote to join some other musician friends to play for a GAA renunion dance.
Some snipits of musician's and dancers, some familiar faces some just visiting.
It is the first time that dancing has taken place in Killians for many a year, Donal facilitated by putting down an 8'x8' for the weekend
The next live night in Ballyboughil on Thursday 29th November will be a ceilí with a difference, as the theme for the night is 1960's.
The recent black and white night was a mighty success.
So who will dare !!!
Here we enjoyed playing for the house party in the community centre, where the more senior members of the locality enjoyed tea, wine, music and song.