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Seisiún - Summer 2002


Seisiún “2002 makes its debut in Athenry this summer!

Des Neylon tells of Traditional Irish music and song on our doorstep.

Seisiún is a show of traditional Irish music, song, and dance. This summer 2002, Athenry will host a production of Seisiún upstairs in the Castlegate Hotel every Wednesday, at 9pm, from July 3rd to August l4th inclusive. The Castlegate Hotel, Athenry, is one of thirty venues throughout Ireland providing a lively and colourful display of our native entertainment

Listen and sing

“Seisiún”, Siamsaíocht Ghaelach Náisiunta agus Ceol na nGae|, is an initiative of Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Éireann to provide seasonal entertainment in a professional setting.

The first part of the show is a formal concert-style presentation whereas audience participation is the main feature of the second part of the show —visitors can sing, play and join in the local country set-dances or a “Siege of Ennis”.


Our show includes a variety of music, song, dance and story-telling performed by a group of experienced artists under the direction and guidance of Producer, Mary Murray. The show reflects the wealth of culture in our local area handed down to us through the generations.

“And off we’ll go,

So merrily O!

With heel and toe

And toe and heel.

O! Where is the dance

From here to France”

Can hearts entrance like an Irish Reel?

(Extract from “The Irish Reel” by Francis A. Fahy (1854- 1935), native of Kinvara, Co. Galway)

Des Neylon is a Learning Support Teacher based in Newcastle National School.

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Written by Des Neylon

Published here 21 Jul 2023 and originally published Summer 2002

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