Although the weather was poor at times, with gale force winds whipping the coast, nothing speaks better of the spirit of the Irish than the ability to make the best of a bad situation, and January proved the perfect time for a little celebration. From 22-27 January, the annual TradFest took over the Temple Bar area of Dublin, including the grounds of Christ Church Cathedral. Stages, tents and little cottages were set up, offering a taste of traditional Irish life from the past, as well as food, dance, song and instrumental music. It proved a lovely way to spend a somewhat rainy Saturday afternoon. Here are a few images from that day, along with a little video of the brave souls convinced to join in with the dancing inside one of the tents:
|On the grounds of Christ Church Cathedral; right: a woman making St. Brigid's crosses.|
|Some gentle four-legged friends.|
|Herself, posing nicely for a picture.|
|Great to see young Irish embracing the traditional music of their homeland.|
|A large group of young people beautifully playing traditional music.|
|As in days of old, the dairyman bringing his milk to market for sale.|
|A placid donkey overlooking a large pile of bog turf. The scent of burning turf filled the air,|
as it fuelled nearby fire pots, reminding me of the turf fires in my aunts' homes when I was a child.
|Just out walking his turkey around.|
|Purveyors of the poteen, and the bicycles.|
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