They say a photograph tells a thousand words.
So be it.
Here are some photos (and videos) that capture the uplifting essential community spirit for what I hope – with the help of a support team of organisers, dancers, writers, singers and musicians, particularly fiddle-players – will set six (6) new GuinnessWorldRecords on New Year’s Eve in the Donegal Gaeltacht under the theme ‘Fiddles and Faeries.’
Many thanks go to many people.
To Mary Coyle, the ever-patient, highly-skilled and committed manager of Ionad Naomh Padraig, who took a chance on me, and was the perfect hostess for last Friday’s soft launch of our upcoming world record Event.
To all volunteers, including my wife, Columbia from Transylvania who elegantly read the classic poem ‘The Faeries’ by William Allingham, and Castlewellan-born Maggie McKinney, Donegal’s leading hypnotherapist now living in Killult, in the Donegal Gaeltacht who worked her charm on invited guests.
I’d also like to thank all the performers including –
Multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter Noel Lenaghan
Martin Crossin, renown uilleann piper maker and player and his partner, harpist, Mary Crossin, musician and teacher.
Theresa Kavanagh composer, fiddle player and music teacher, and Sinead McGinley, who organized the wonderful traditional musicians, aged from 7 to 14, from Comhaltas Cloughaneely.
Versatile Donegal poet, Colette Gallagher who has written several books of poetry as Gaeilge agus as Bearla.
Frank and Eileen Sweeney, award-winning sean nos dancers par excellence from Falcarragh.
And last but certainly not least – Donegal-based Sliabh Liag Distillers The Crolly Distillery and Gallagher’s Foodstore in Bunbeg for the generous gifts of their delectable products as door prizes on the evening.