Sean-Nós Dancing in Co Meath, 1996

Sean-Nós Dancing in Co Meath, 1996

The videos presented here from the collections of the Irish Traditional Music Archive were recorded at a sean-nós (old-style) dancing competition held in the local community hall in Ráth Chairn, Co Meath, on New Year's Eve, 1996. The adjudicator was Máire Mhic Aogáin of Dublin, and the winner was Seosamh Ó Neachtain of An Spidéal, Conamara. The area of Ráth Chairn, with Baile Ghib, forms a gaeltacht or Irish-speaking district near the town of Navan, one with a strong traditional culture and with particular links to Conamara. This Co Meath gaeltacht was created by the Irish government in the 1930s by the distribution of large landlord estates to migrant farmers from counties Galway, Mayo and Kerry.

The videos were recorded for ITMA by Seán Corcoran of Drogheda. As is the case with all ITMA field recordings, they eavesdrop on the proceedings and are careful not to interfere with their natural course. We think that the musicians belong to the Esker Riada Ceili Band, but have been unable to confirm this as yet.

Buíochas do na damhsóirí as ucht cead a thabhairt na físeáin a fhoilsiú anseo, do Seán Corcoran, agus do Ann Ní Dhonnchadha, Comharchumann Ráth Chairn, as ucht a cabhrach/ With thanks to the dancers for permission to carry the recordings of their performances here, to Seán Corcoran, and to Ann Ní Dhonnchadha of Comharchumann Ráth Chairn for her help.

NC, PH & TH, 1 April 2015