The Bealtaine Festival is a national celebration of creativity in older age and this year the Festival will be 20 years old, and it continues to grow from strength to strength. Over 120,000 people now take part in Bealtaine nationwide.
It is a chance for people to make new and challenging work, a chance to communicate traditions between the generations. It is a chance for the novice to discover a talent until then unseen and a chance for a long-dormant skill to find a new outlet. Each year, Age & Opportunity invites local authorities, arts centres, libraries, Active Retirement groups, care settings, community groups and clubs, associations from every part of the country to run Bealtaine events that celebrate creativity as we age.
Leitrim County Library’s Bealtaine Programme of Events
Leitrim Libraries are getting in on the act, with a number of events planned. A lovely intergenerational project is planned in Kiltyclogher Library, when members of the Wednesday Club will read extracts from the local Schools Folklore Collection to local schoolchildren. A highlight of this year’s celebrations is a special performance by the Leitrim Light Orchestra in Drumshanbo Library. This very talented group of young musicians will perform for the Senior Citizens of the Drumshanbo area on Thursday 21st May at 5pm.
Bealtaine na nGael sessions
Also, as part of this year’s Bealtaine festival, Leitrim Libraries will play host to Connemara-based writer and musician, Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin, who will perform sessions of Irish song, rhyme and folklore for older people. These Bealtaine na nGael sessions are a true celebration of creativity and Irish heritage, and they will take place in the following libraries during May:
Friday 22nd May, Ballinamore Library at 11.30am, and Mohill Library at 5pm, and on Monday 25th May, Manorhamilton Library at 12noon, finishing in Kinlough Library at 5.30pm.
Memories of Mohill
An exciting project entitled ‘Memories of Mohill’ will be launched during Bealtaine. This project, which will run over the Summer, will create a compilation of memories, of Mohill, and of Mohill people, and special memoir writing classes will support the process. Monica Corish, SPARK writer in residence with the Leitrim Observer, will launch the project in Mohill Library on Tuesday 26th May at 5.30pm, and speak about her writing inspirations.
The Bealtaine programme also includes the hosting of computer classes for older people, in association with Age Action, along with regular activities such as Craft Clubs, Reading Groups, and the ICA Seanfhocal Exhibition which is currently running in Kinlough Library.
All events are free and everyone is welcome. Please contact your local library for further details.