Siamsa Choilm de Bhailís

Déan Teagmháil le: Máirtín Tom Sheáinín Mac Donnchadha
Sruthán Buí
Leitir Caladh
Leitir Móir
Co. na Gaillimhe.


Leacht cuimhniucháin ar Gharumna

Colm de Bhailís
File agus fear ceirde
1796 - 1906

Tuairisc ón bpáipéar 24 Il 2009
Crowds brave the rain to honour the memory of famous Connemara poet

Dermot Darby (Diarmuid Mac an Adhaistir), one of the great poets and entertainers of Conamara, receiving a special award for his contribution to the arts in his native Ceantair na nOileán, with Eileen Tom Sheanín MacDonncha.
LAST weekend they travelled from the four corners of Ireland and beyond to celeibrate the life and work of Colm De Bhailís, the famous Connemara poet who lived through three centuries, from 1793 to 1906.



Peadar Mór Ó Conghaile the international poet from Inis Meáin.


His work includes much of the material used by sean nós singers of today. The weekend started in Cill Choimín Graveyard near Oughterard at Colm's grave, where a crowd gathered in the rain, to say prayers and listen to short speeches, about his life and work. Mairtín Tom Sháanin - the Radio na Gaeltachta broadcaster - explained how Coim died in Oughterard Work House and Padraig Pearse and other Irish poets of the time gathered some money to ensure that he was buried in Reilig Chill Choimín and not in a 'Pauper's Grave' near the old Workhouse.

After the short prayer service in Oughterard, the celebrations moved to Ceantair na nOileáin and Leitir Mór where in true Colm De Bhailís spirit there was much dancing, singing and poetry recited, with gusto in Tigh Mhichael Jack.

Then on Sunday in great sunshine the Parish Priest of Leitir Mór, Fr Michael Brennan, celebrated Mass for the big crowd along the roadside at An Srutháin Bhuí where Coim De Bhailís had spent a few nights, in a roadside hut, that still survives.

The Mass celebrated the work of Colm and the other Connemara poets through the years. Passers by stopped and were made welcome. There was food and drink for the hundreds who talked and sang impromptu songs as they sat along the roadway.

Musicians arrived from throughout Connemara and gave of their best - Mike 'Phoppy' Mac Donncha danced on the roadway as everyone cheered and celebrated the life of Colin De Bhailís - probably the greatest Irish poet of the l9th century.

Cúradh Chonnachtach 24/7/2009
Photos: Matt Nolan.


Dé Sathairn

7.30in - Teacht le chéile ag Reilig Chill Chuimín, Uachtair rd. (áit a bhfuil sé curtha. Déarfar Paidreacha ag a uaigh.)

9.30in - An Hooker Bar, Anach Mheáin Fáilté (Máirtín Tom Seáinín)
Ceol, Amhráin & Damhsa le Siamsa Chonamaraa & cairde ceolmhara an tSiamsa as áiteacha eile


Dé Domhnaigh

3.00in - Teacht le chéile ag Cúirt an tSrutháin Bhuí.
Aifreann in omós Choilm & filí eile an cheantair
Fleadh & Féasta sa gCúirt.
Greim le n-ithe agus deoch le n-ól
Caithigí sar é & casaigí an ceol.

Bronnadh Ghradam an tSiamsa 2009
Bronnadh Ghradam Bhanríon na Sairdín 2009

Ceol & Siamsaíocht sa nGáirdín Pléisiúir go dtí;n 6.00in

9.00in - An Hooker Bar, Anach Mheáin Seisiún mór ceoil