The countdown is on to the Táin Festival 2010. From Friday next 22 to Sunday October 31, Dundalk will be buzzing as it plays host to the town’s biggest ever arts event.
The bronze bull recently acquired by Grange man Harry McCarthy is back in Dundalk for the duration of this year’s Táin Festival and can be seen by all shoppers in the Marshes Shopping Centre.
In all, over 50 events will be taking place in 20 venues throughout the town.
From nationally and internationally renowned names such as Jason Byrne, Jerry Fish and Peter Sheridan to Dundalk’s own home-grown talent including Zoe Conway, Gerry O’Connor, Jinx Lennon and Stewart Agnew, there is something for everyone at Táin Festival 2010, be it in Dundalk Town Hall, The Spirit Store, County Museum or the many participating bars and restaurants throughout Dundalk.
Dundalk’s Táin Theatre is playing a central role in this year’s Festival with An Evening with Peter Sheridan takes place Tuesday, October 26 with the Beatles Through the Ages the following night Wednesday, October 27.
Adventures of the Wet Senor On Thursday October 28th is based on a letter written by Francisco De Cuellar shipwrecked from the Spanish Armada in 1588.
A well narrated tale, with a fantastic musical score, it features live music throughout the show performed on stage by members of Kíla. The cast includes Carrie Crowley, Jamie Carswell (writer and performer of Cirque de Legume) and Sorcha Fox. There are three languages used in Adventures of The Wet Senor as well as English – Spanish, Irish and Latin subtitles are on a screen in English where needed.
On Friday October 29, The Táin Theatre will play host to Terry Riley, Talvin Singh & George Brooks while the following night, Saturday October 30, comedian and host of RTE’s Anonymous, Jason Byrne will make a return visit to Dundalk with a hilarious show that has made him an award winning name in the international comedy world.
Derek Turner of The Spirit Store spoke of the tremendous reaction to the return of the Táin Festival. “It’s great that after three years the Táin Festival is back and bigger than ever. Tickets are selling fast and so anyone with an interest in a specific event should log on to www.tainfestival.com and book their tickets as soon as possible.”
Dundalk Town Centre Commercial Manager Andrew Mawhinney recognised the local business community’s support of this year’s Festival.
“The Táin Festival is a huge project to take on and I have to thank every business in and around Dundalk who sponsored the event. Without such sponsorship The Táin Festival would not be the fantastic 10 days of events it’s now set to be.”
The Táin Festival 2010 is sponsored by Dundalk Town Council, Dundalk TCCM, Create Louth, Long Walk Shopping Centre, The Spirit Store, Nor East Beers and Cooley Distillery.
Booking information on all Táin Festival events is available on the official website http://www.tainfestival.com. You can also follow the Táin Festival on Twitter or Facebook.
Harry McCarthy and Seamus Savage of the Grange and District Residents Association with Derek Turner, Paul Finn, Grainne Duffy and Tim Mullins at the arrival of the bronze bull in the Marshes Shopping Centre for the Táin Festival 2010