The Patrick Kavanagh Centre in Inniskeen has organised a wonderful festival for this weekend Friday July 12 to Sunday July 14.
it’s the Inniskeen Road July Evening Festival to mark The Gathering year.
The festival centres round the famous High Nellie bicycles.
In the days when it was safe to cycle and walk the roads, High Nelly’s were the way to get around.
What a pity we can’t follow the Dutch and use our bikes to get around.
It’s chaeper, quieter, and people seem to have more respect for one another.
This weekend in Inniskeen the bicycles will go by in twos and threes and you’ll be invited to a cup of tea in Billy Brennan’s Barn. Inniskeen Enterprise Development, with the co-operation of many local landowners, is bringing the 1920’s rural landscape of Patrick Kavanagh to life once again. High Nelly’s will once again take to the roads, powered by local people in period costume.
Local school children will teach visitors how to toss halfpennies at the crossroads outside Kednaminsha schoolhouse. An old man will once again hunker down in the shade of the orchard wall at Rocksavage to watch Paddy Kavanagh spray his potatoes while a wasp drowns over a copper-poison ocean.
The Three Wise Kings will stride across Cassidy’s Hanging Hill as people immerse themselves in the words and world of Kavanagh. The hedges will once more be populated with books, and a young Paddy will sit atop the bank watching the bicycles pass down to Brennan’s Barn. Through re-enactments, recordings, and visual set-dressing, people will come to value the importance of ‘the bits and pieces of everyday’, know the heart-breaking beauty of a dreeping hedge, and the ‘spirit and shocking wonder in a black, slanting Ulster hill’.
And of course the weekend will finish off with a dance.For information call: o42-9378560
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