On Friday February 1st, St Brigid’s Day, St Brigid’s GAC will host an evening of music, singing, poetry, storytelling, dancing and craic at Malone House. Around twenty musicians, artists, storytellers and speakers will entertain, intrigue and amuse from 8pm until 1am. With four rooms – each containing different forms of entertainment – there will be plenty to keep you dancing, singing and laughing all throughout the night.
On the music front, among other acts we have local legends The Dead Handsomes (formerly ‘The Adventures’, whose song ‘Broken Land’ was the most played song on Radio 1 in 1998), featuring former ‘Stiff Little Fingers’ drummer James Reilly. Also performing shall be the McGinn Sisters, whose breathtaking skill in harp, violin and whistle/flute put them in very high demand for weddings and functions (with over 1600 ‘likes’ on Facebook), as well as Brendan Conway, a Scór champion from Tyrone with an incredible voice that would bring a tear to the eye of even the most hardened fullback!
We will also have dancing from world champion Irish dancers in the form of the Breslin-McLaughlin School of Irish Dance. Eamon Phoenix, the hugely respected political broadcaster and historian – who has featured on BBC Radio Ulster, the Irish Times and the Irish News to name a few – will also be giving a talk, as will Linda Ervine, a language-rights activist from East Belfast who will talk about her fascinating work with a programme called ‘Turas’, an Irish language project which aims to connect people from Protestant communities to their own history with the Irish language. There will also be art and poetry from local artists, schools and community groups.
As anyone who has previously attended a St Brigid’s Miscellany will attest to, this will be a night of great craic and one to showcase the cultural side of our club – a very important aspect of any GAA club. To order tickets (which cost £20), or for more information, please visit the club website (stbrigidsgac.com) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell your friends and family — hopefully see you there!