We hope everyone’s just about back to normal and well rested after the long and busy weekend. And we’re guessing that for anyone in Bantry, it was an even busier one!
Not only was it St. Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day and the Bank Holiday but Bantry also celebrated its very first Fadó Festival.
The three day event transported locals and visitors back to a time before electricity, mobile phones, traffic jams and any other stresses of modern day life- giving people the chance to see the town in a whole new light, ironically in the most traditional way.
Storytelling, Céilí’s, craic, caint agus ól by candlelight and turf fires, were the orders of the weekend and people were encouraged to get dressed up, get involved and travel back to the simpler time.
We were only too happy to get involved with the festival, so on Sunday we opened the house and covered the place in candles and lit fires in some of the rooms, inviting people to experience an atmosphere like no other. Local historian Hazel Vikery kindly offered to give a guided tour at 4pm and as you can see by the pictures she had a good turnout. Margaret Ducker, our brilliant volunteer, also came dressed up as a maid and Hazel was the housekeeper.
Thanks to everyone involved in the festival, we think it was a huge success!
We’d also like to say a big thank you to Lauren Vickery who took all the photos of the tour.