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Fri 01 Mar 2013 - Bantry takes part in The Gathering celebrations this March with the Fadó Festival

BANTRY is getting ready to go back in time once more as preparations for the Fado Festival 2013 get underway.

After a very successful festival last year the West Cork town is looking forward to a weekend full of music, dance, good food and story telling. This three day festival will take the visitor on a journey to a time before electrification came to Bantry, back when the town relied on lamps, candles and turf fires to light the long winter evenings.

The weekend kicks off on Friday March 15, with Bantry's much-loved traditional farmers' market. Then to set the mood and to bring you back to a simpler time you can enjoy a photographic exhibition showcasing years gone by in Bantry and the surrounding area. Friday's events continue with storytelling, music and dancing in the many of pubs and bars in the town.

On Saturday March 16, the town square will be the focus for a traditional country fayre and a pig roast. The festival pageant will get underway at 8pm with the streets being lit by old lamplights to enhance the feelings of nostalgia for the ‘good ole days'. Saturday night will continue with more music and storytelling.

On Sunday March 17 there will be a children's fancy dress parade at 4pm meeting at the town square once more. After the parade it's back to the Maritime Hotel for a Children's Ceili with an old time dance at 9.30pm with Danny and Mary O'Leary the Westlodge Hotel to round off the evening.

The Fado Festival promises to be a weekend of fun for all the family with lots of free events celebrating the music, the atmosphere, and the life and times of a country town.

The Bantry Fado Festival runs from Friday March 15 to Sunday March 17.

For more information find the Fado Festival on Facebook or email


Source: RAI


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