Episode 9: Faces & Places – Kiltyclogher

Last weekend the Stoneywoods Festival took place in the North Leitrim village of Kiltyclogher, Breifne went along to talk to some of the locals and tourists organising and supporting the village nestled on the Fermanagh Border.

Between Brexit Tractor runs, recitals, musical performances and a sheep shearing style, sponsored head and beard shave in the centre of the town there was something for everyone. Susan Carton introduces the weekend’s events and a bit of a background about the village and Kilty Live, a campaign to save the local national school two years ago.

Joe Sheerin explains who Sean Mac Diarmada was, the role he played in the 1916 Easter Rising and the role he has played in the life of the village in the century since his execution. He gives us a brief tour of the building and invites anyone to come and visit the local heritage centre and Mac Diarmada’s homestead, the only remaining birthplace of any of the signatories of the Proclamation of Independence in 1916.

The festival committee chairperson, Stella McGriskin explains the origin of the remembrance festival born out of a tragedy in the village four years ago.

Breifne also talks to tourists, locals and some of the casual traders enjoying the festival and helping to raise much needed funds for the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust who help families who lose a loved one overseas to bring their remains back to Ireland.

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