Sean-Nós dancing

Cortober man scoops top prize

Claire McGovern

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Claire McGovern

Cortober man scoops top prize

Ryan Owens, from Cortober, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Roscommon won the first prize in the 12-15 Sean-Nós dancing competition at the recent Oireachtas Festival in Kilarney, Co Kerry, 2-6th November. 

The annual Oireachtas Festival  is a mecca for lovers and performers of the traditional arts and this year’s competitions again received a huge number of entrants aged from 6 years to 68. 

The range of competitions included storytelling, sean-nós dancing and singing, and the famous Lúibíní competition in which two people perform a rhyming story through song. 

The highlights of this year's festival included the newly composed piece by Peadar Ó Riada, entitled I gCuimhne Laochra (Remembering Heroes), that was commissioned by An tOireachtas as part of their 1916 commemortations. 

A central theme in this years festival was the future of Irish language drama. This years programme featured an exciting and innovative line up of radio plays as well as a forum on the future of Irish language Drama.

“The creation and performance of Irish Language Drama is a very important aspect of Irish culture” says Liam Ó Maolaodha, Director of An tOireachtas.  “In this Centenary year when we think of the effect that play writes such as Lady Gregory, Yeats and O Casey had on this country, it is vital that we keep this dramatic torch burning brightly, as a way of exploring, expressing and entertaining ourselves.”