Sligo County Council held a Civic Reception on Tuesday evening for Feis Shligigh to honour the organisation during their 90th anniversary celebrations.
Feis Shligigh Honoured with Civic Reception
Hosted by Cathaoirleach Councillor Tom MacSharry, the reception was also attended by Councillor Declan Bree, Councillor Marie Casserly, Councillor Chris MacManus and Councillor Rosaleen O’Grady. Members of the Feis executive in attendance included Chairman Michael Currid, Secretary Michael Doherty, Treasurer, Rose Hynes, and Development Officer, Kevin Carroll.
In his address the Cathaoirleach said ‘It is only on rare occasions that Sligo County Council resolves to host a civic reception to honour a group or individual in recognition of their distinguished contribution to our community. Our Council believe that the occasion of Feis Shligigh’s 90th anniversary celebrations is an opportune time to publicly convey the regard held by the Members and staff of the Authority, and indeed the wider community.
We take special pride in the association between the local authority and Feis Shligigh, an association that has been nurtured and developed over many years - and this friendship will continue to grow. Since the Feis was revived in 1929, it has been hugely successful in promoting an awareness and appreciation of all aspects of Irish music and culture, and the richness and diversity of our national culture invariably informs the Feis programme.
Our annual celebration of Irish music, culture, language and drama has developed a loyal local and national following, people who come to Sligo year after year to attend one of the country’s most successful and enjoyable events.
Many of our established musicians and performers recall their participation in Feis Shligigh with great fondness, and the Feis often played a decisive role in developing and nurturing their talents and encouraging them to express their art with pride and confidence. The enduring success of the Feis is due to a number of factors, one of the principal element being the sense of pride which infuses every aspect of Feis week, from competitors, adjudicators, sponsors, and of course, the general public who have been very supportive of their Feis throughout its history.
To place the importance of Feis Shligigh in a wider context, I believe our status as tourist and cultural capital of the Northwest was earned on the efforts of the dedicated volunteers such as those we welcome and honour this evening. It is a privilege to be among dedicated volunteers whose life-long commitment to our music and culture has attracted widespread admiration, and indeed has inspired many enthusiasts to follow in your footsteps. Every member of the Feis Committee can take great pride in their service, and it is fitting that individually and collectively they are honoured this evening.’
The Cathaoirleach made a special presentation to outgoing Secretary Kevin Carroll, whose family’s connections with Feis Shligigh date back to the 1930’s. ‘His many years outstanding service exemplify what Feis Shligigh means to our community’