This year’s symposium concentrates on Carnan on the Northern part of South Uist on the 21st, 22nd, 23rd July.
Open air mass 3pm Sunday
Sunday ; Community Historical Talk / Discussion .
Monday ; Piping Concert in Iochdar
Special guest Dr Ríonach uí Ógáin, MA, PhD (National University of Ireland), Director of the National Folklore Collection, University College Dublin, is going to do a talk on Seamus Ennis the celebrated musician who travelled and collected in Uist and Barra in the 40’s for the Irish folklore commission.
Tuesday ; Ceilidh Mor Iochdar with Morag Dhòmhnallach
South Ford was the crossing point to the Isle of South Uist until the building of the Fr O’ Regan bridge in the late 30’s. Carnan was for long generations amongst the most industrious areas of South Uist. Creagorry was thriving on the Benbecula side. With the bridge in place communication and contact flourished on both sides….
This year We have walks, talks, discussions, lectures, how to dress a horse !…. Ceilidhs, Piping recital with Roddy MacLeod and special guests, Ireland’s foremost Uilleann Piper Micheàl O Brien, fiddler Liam O’Connor supported by local pipers. This can be heard on Monday evening in Talla an Iochdair.
Admission charges by daily rates and evening rates£10.00 ea.
The past symposiums in the different areas that we have helped organise with the respective townships have been immensely successful and popular and this can only be possible with the communities themselves taking an active part in the organising of these events. If anyone has any information about this part of the Island, stories, history, anecdotes, photographs, songs, poetry, music…..anything of interest please let us know. Any ideas are very welcome. We will be organising Talks, Community Discussions, Films, A photographic Exhibition, Ceilidhs, Piping Recital, Walks, Food tasting etc….....If you are interested in the history and culture of this area, please come along and join in.