As countless music events were cancelled last Summer due to COVID-19, the Seosamh Mac Gabhann Summer School Committee decided to keep the tradition of the Summer School alive and make it available to everyone during this difficult time. A week of ‘Facebook Lives’ was organised instead, which took place from Monday, 29th June to Friday, 3rd July. This involved online tutorials which ran from 10am to 7pm each day on the Seosamh Mac Gabhann Summer School Facebook Page. Pupils got the opportunity to learn a tune, a song or a dance every day, with each ‘Facebook Live’ tutorial lasting for approximately 45 minutes, facilitated by top-class tutors.
The week was an overwhelming success, with a total of 4,850 participants from 46 countries joining in ‘live’ and a further 141,400 views of the videos afterwards! Feedback from across the world on the Facebook Page was hugely positive for all tutors and tutorials.
The ‘Facebook Lives’ were free to access and in return, the Summer School Committee asked participants if they would consider supporting a worthy local charity, the Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation. A large number of participants donated to the fundraiser, with a massive €4,660 raised. The week of ‘Facebook Lives’ was provided courtesy of the Seosamh Mac Gabhann Summer School and funded by – The Department of Culture, Heritage and The Gaeltacht / Mayo County Council / Kilmovee Bingo and Comhaltas. A special word of thanks to Minister Michael Ring, Senator John O’Mahony and Councillors John Caulfield and Gerry Murray for helping to secure this sponsorship.
Details of our Week of Facebook Lives for 2021 which will take place from Monday, 28th June to Friday, 2nd July will be announced shortly.