Finneran to open 13th annual Dr. Douglas Hyde Summer School Lectures, recitals, concerts and tours are all planned for the 13th annual Dr. Douglas Hyde Summer School of Traditional Irish Music which gets underway in Ballaghaderreen on July 5th. The event will be opened by Mr. Michael Finneran TD, Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government, at 8.30 pm on Saturday July 5th. This will be followed by Full Steam Ahead featuring Brendan Browne, Maureen Browne, Jim McKee and Johnny (Ringo) McDonagh, in concert. The Summer School will run from Saturday July 5th to Saturday July 12th. This year’s programme, which has something for everyone, includes lectures, recitals, concerts and tours which will provide the very best of traditional Irish music and song by some of Ireland’s top performers. Classes will commence on Monday July 7th in St. Nathy’s College. Tuition will be given in tin whistle, flute, fiddle, concertina, button accordion, piano accordion, banjo, bodhrán, harp, traditional guitar, sean nós singing, traditional singing and comhrá gaeilge. There are master classes in tin whistle, fiddle and bodhrán. There is a special one-hour per day class in tin whistle for five to seven year olds. Classes run each morning from 9.30 am to 1 pm, Monday to Saturday. Tutors include Nóirín Ní Shuilleabháin, Mary Murray, Marion Egan, Michael Hurley, Sacra Furey, Fiona Doherty, Paul Smyth, Michael McNamara, Brendan Larrissey, Paddy Ryan, John McHugh, John Regan, Tommy Doherty, Mary Finn, Johnny (Ringo) McDonagh, Junior Davey, Bernie Geraghty, Marese O’Hora, Jarlath Brennan, Shane Mulchrone, Máirtín Ó Maicín, Seamie O’Dowd, Pat Prunty and Mairéad Ní Fhlatharta. One of the many highlights of the week will be the Gala Summer School Concert on Tuesday July 8th at which world famous musician and Ballaghaderreen native Matt Molloy will be honoured for his lifetime contribution to Traditional Irish Music. John O’Regan will deliver a lecture entitled ‘Developments in Irish Music’ earlier in the afternoon. On Wednesday July 9th, Paddy Ryan, renowned fiddler, Comhaltas archivist and radio presenter will conduct a tour of Coleman Country to include The Coleman Heritage Centre and Coleman Cottage. On Thursday July 10th Joe Smyth will conduct a tour of the music and heritage sites of Kilmovee and Urlar, finishing with a seisiún in the Cois Tine Heritage Centre in Kilmovee. Other highlights of the week will be an art exhibition, busking competition and the Students and Tutors Concert. For full details contact (086) 8272300 or www.douglashyde.com Sincere thank you from the organisers Ballaghaderreen and Districts Development wish to thank Rev. Dr. Martin Convey, President of St. Nathy’s for giving the use of the College again this year to stage the Summer School; to the BMW Assembly for the use of their auditorium for recitals and the Durkin family for the use of their premises for lectures and concerts. St. Nathy’s is by far the best venue for a Music Summer School in Ireland, and our students from overseas are always most impressed by the excellent facilities there. B&DD also wish to thank all our sponsors and patrons without whom this School could not be staged and we trust that in coming years they will reap financial rewards for the support they have given to this venture. The Dr. Douglas Hyde Summer School has developed into a major cultural event which brings the very best of traditional music and entertainment to Ballaghaderreen, making it the place to be from July 5th to July 12th. For full details contact (086) 8272300 or www.douglashyde.com Wreath-laying ceremony at Douglas Hyde grave In conjunction with the Dr. Douglas Hyde Interpretative Centre a wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the Grave of Ireland’s First President on Monday July 7th at 3 pm. Deirdre O’Gara will give a presentation on the life and times of Hyde in the locality. This will be followed by a seisiún and reception.