The Seamus Ennis Arts Centre

Friday, February 22nd 2019:


Launch of Séamus Ennis Centenary Celebrations
Venue: The Atrium, County Hall, Swords, Co. Dublin

A year of Séamus Ennis’ Centenary Celebrations, will be launched by its curator, Ronan Browne along with special guests.

Born 100 years ago, Séamus Ennis transformed the lives of those lucky enough to have known him. A world-class musician, singer, raconteur, mimic and linguist, he was unique as a folklore collector in that the culture-bearers he visited felt as honoured as himself.

In a society rapidly becoming culturally indifferent, where the collection of surviving folklore was of paramount importance, the 23-year-old Séamus embarked on his first field trip for the Folklore Commission with little more than pen, paper, tin-whistle and bicycle. He continued to collect (and broadcast) songs and music from Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales and Cornwall, firstly for the Folklore Commission (1942-47), then Raidió Éireann (1947-51), the BBC (1951-58) and finally intermittently as a presenter on the newly-founded Teilifís Éireann. Séamus continued to perform in public up to his death in 1982.

“Séamus Ennis is my mentor. He made me realise music is magic and a spiritual experience. It cannot be taught in any university. It is beyond that.” - Tony MacMahon

**Admission is Free, but advance ticket booking (via our website or by calling 01-8020898) is essential**

Doors Open: 6:30pm
Commences At: 7:00pm
In advance: FREE

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