Dancing festival for Castletown

THOSE who are at a loose end this weekend need look no further than Castletown as the village will be hosting a festival for lovers of set dancing and traditional music.

THOSE who are at a loose end this weekend need look no further than Castletown as the village will be hosting a festival for lovers of set dancing and traditional music.

The 19th annual Half Door Club International Set Dance and Traditional Music Festival will take place in Castletown Community Centre beginning with a ceili this Friday, May 4 at 9.30pm with Five Counties Ceili Band. The music will keep going all weekend with Swallows Tail on Saturday at 9.30pm, Triskell at 2.30pm and Abbey at 9.30pm on Sunday, with proceedings finishing on Monday at 2.30pm with Brian Boru.

Throughout the weekend there will be a number of workshops with Pat Murphy. Registration will take place on Saturday at 10am, with workshops from 10.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm and on Sunday from 11am to 1pm. As well as some great music and dancing, there will be a host of delicious treats for festival goers to enjoy, with real sandwiches and organic rhubarb tarts, scones, cakes, butterfly buns, eclairs and apple tarts. To co-incide with this there will be music sessions all weekend in the Castletown Inn. Meanwhile set dance classes continue every Wednesday at 9pm in Scully’s in Ballyroan and all are welcome to attend. For more information contact John Sinnott on 086 344 0388 or Micheal Lalor on 086 260 7658.