Mayo is set to extend a Céad Míle Fáilte to members of Gaeltacht Thuaisceart an Oileáin Úir – The North American Gaeltacht.
Organised to mark the Gathering and Bliain na Gaeilge, almost 30 American and Canadian Gaeilgeoirs will arrive on October 20th for an action-packed five days, filled with language, music and dance workshops, as well as offering them a chance to soak up the phenomenal scenery Mayo has to offer.
Tóstal Mhaigh Eo is organised by Conradh na Gaeilge and Comhaltas Mhaigh Eo in conjunction with Mayo County Council. The Tóstal will take them from Tuar Mhic Éadaigh to Achill Island, and from Ceathrú Thaidhg to Eachléim.
They will receive a Civic Reception from Mayo County Council, followed by a big night of entertainment in the Welcome Inn, Castlebar on Thursday, 24th October.
The Gathering will commence in Halla Thuar Mhic Éadaigh on Sun, 20th October at 4.00 p.m with an Éigse Drámaíochta with Aisteoirí Chorr na Móna and Máirtín Mac Donnacha.
Aindrias de Staic agus Na Latchikos will present “Fear Feasa Mhoogaga”, a new show about a reclusive ceolán whose music helps his local club break the curse and win the cup at 8.00 p.m in Máire Luke’s, followed by music and song with Ceol na Locha.
The following morning there will be a guided tour of Drimbawn House Gardens after which the visitors will set out for Achill. Óstán Gielty is the venue that night for music, song, dance, and storytelling featuring Scoil Acla.
Tuesday, 22nd October will see Muintir Cheanada partake in a workshop on Achill Irish facilitated by Seán Mhaidhcí Ó Gallachóir. After the workshop Seán will take them on a tour of the Deserted Village, at the foot of Sliabh Mór which was abandoned in the 19th Century. This will be followed by a visit to Ballycroy National Park .
The day’s events will conclude with a session of music, son, and dance featuring the cream of Erris talent in Teach Chonghóile, Ceathrú na gCloch.
Eachléim, on the Mullet peninsula, takes centre stage on Wednesday, 23rd October. There will be a visit to Turas Siar, An Chartúr, followed by a visit to Ionad Deirbhile and a guided tour of Deirbhile’s Loop. Clann Lir Comhaltas Branch will provide the entertainment that night at 7.00 p.m, in Teach Úna in Blacksod.
Uinsíonn Mac Graith will deliver a presentation and guided walk focussing on the placenamesof Dún Chaocháin on Thursday morning. Mayo County Council will host a civic reception in Áras an Chontae in Castlebar that evening in honour of the North American Gaeltacht.
The day’s events will conclude with an evening of music, song and dance featuring some of Mayo’s finest artists. Guest of Honour for the evening will be Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú, Ard-Stiúrthóir, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.
The Gathering will conclude on Friday, 25th October with a visit to the national Museum of Ireland in Turlough and then on to Ballina to visit the Jackie Clarke Museum which boasts over 100,000 items spanning 400 yrs of Irish History including the Douglas Hyde Collection.
All of the events are open to the public and everybody is invited to come along and join Tóstal Mhaigh Eo. There is no charge for any of the events.
This is an opportunity for those with the cúpla focal, or no Gaeilge at all, to come along and join the fun. Conradh na Gaeilge and the Mayo branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, in conjunction with Mayo County Council, are leaving no sod unturned in an effort to ensure that Tóstal Mhaigh Eo will be an unforgettable event.