Skibbereen Comhaltas prepares for St. Louis Irish Arts visit!

6 August, 2013

Skibbereen Comhaltas are currently preparing for a visit this week by a group of fifty members of St Louis Irish Arts Comhaltas from Missouri, USA. This visit is one of Skibbereen's largest 2013 Year of the Gathering events and is kindly supported by the Cork County Council Gathering Fund. The connection between the two groups was initiated in June 2007 when the two branches were officially twinned at a ceremony in the West Cork Hotel. In the intervening years a number of visits have been made by Skibbereen members to St Louis, but this is the third occasion since 2007 that the St Louis group has made a visit to Skibbereen, coinciding with the sixth anniversary of the twinning of both branches. This innovative partnership agreement has been recognised as the first international twinning of Comhaltas branches.

The St Louis group will arrive in Skibbereen on Monday, August 5th to the West Cork Hotel where they are being hosted courtesy of Skibbereen Comhaltas. That evening the membership of Skibbereen branch will join with the St Louis group for a welcome dinner and a session. On Tuesday, the group will visit SherkinIsland and Baltimore for the day. On Wednesday, the group will visit Lough Ine where they will experience kayaking and hill walking. The West Cork Hotel will be focus of attention on Wednesday night as the Skibbereen and St Louis groups present a spectacular joint concert. Many visiting dignitaries will be in attendance including Ard-Stiúrthóir of Comhaltas Senator Labhras Ó Murchú. The St Louis group are renowned in North America for their prowess in both music and step dancing, and it promises to be a wonderful night of traditional musical entertainment.  Doors will open at 8pm, and all are welcome. On Thursday, the group conclude their visit to Skibbereen with a visit to the Heritage Centre and shopping in Skibbereen before departing for the for the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Derry, hopefully leaving with many happy memories of Skibbereen.

 We invite you all to attend and be apart of this very special occasion