The 3rd Annual Seosamh Mac Gabhann Summer School 2013
The 3rd Annual Seosamh Mac Gabhann Summer School took place in Kilmovee from June 30th to July 5th 2013. This Summer School is now established on the Summer School Calendar and is the first one to take place each Summer. It is unique in that it is not as large as most of the other Summer Schools, due to the limited space available. However, this ensures it is a family event where the focus is on the music, song, dance and Gaeilge as well as making friends and having the craic.
All of the feedback from this year’s Summer School was how much the pupils had improved year on year, how well-behaved all of the pupils were for the week and how smoothly everything ran. Of course none of these things happen by chance! The pupils are improving each year due to the top class tuition they are getting during the year from their local Comhaltas branches with fantastic work by Ann Marie Rooney, Marian Egan and Bernie Geraghty at the classes and sessions in the Craobh Sheosaimh Mhic Ghabhainn C.C.É. branch in Kilmovee now paying dividends. The children, teenagers and adults who attend the Summer School are all lovers of Irish music, song, dance and the Irish language and are a pleasure to work with for the week. The Summer School Committee, staff at Kilmovee Community Centre and Cairdeas Family Resource Centre, Kilmovee as well as volunteers and tutors are all now engrossed in the week, ensuring everything runs smoothly and the focus is on enjoying the music, song and dance.
The Seosamh Mac Gabhann Summer School is also unique in that it offers morning and afternoon classes. Pupils can take a morning class in their favourite instrument and then an afternoon class in singing, sean-nós dancing, Comhrá Gaeilge, bodhrán or banjo. This was a very popular feature once again in 2013, as parents were delighted with the option of leaving their children in a safe environment for the day in the Kilmovee Community Centre with a shop and refreshments available in a well supervised facility. Another unique feature of the Seosamh Mac Gabhann Summer School are the ‘slow sessions’ held from 8pm-9pm each night, prior to the main session. These were hugely popular this year with all nights packed out! The ‘slow sessions’ provide pupils with a chance to play with other musicians in a session which is led by local musicians and tutors.
Everyone is already looking forward to the 2014 Summer School as the week is such a great occasion – meeting old friends and making new contacts, learning tunes and songs and having fun all the time. The Summer School ensures that the traditional music, song, dance and Gaeilge will be passed on to the next generation. The 2014 Seosamh Mac Gabhann Summer School will take place from June 29th to July 5th – Bígí linn!