There was a strong mix of Celtic music, song and dance in the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny last night as the 48th International Pan Celtic Festival got off to a colourful start with a special Opening Night Concert.  Old friends were reconnected and new friends became acquainted as the large audience enjoyed entertainment from each of the six Celtic nations.

The Official Opening was performed by popular TG4 presenter and Falcarragh native, Caitlín Nic Aoidh and the Opening Night Concert feature performances from each of the participating Celtic nations – Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, Wales, Cornwall and the Isle of Man.  This was followed by a special Oíche Ghaelach, hosted by the Letterkenny Branch of Comhaltas Cheoltóirí Éireann from 9.30pm.

Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill also spoke at the official opening saying “it is a privilege to host the International Pan Celtic Festival and to celebrate and share our Celtic heritage, cultures, traditions and especially our lovely languages together with Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man.   County Donegal’s unique and varied culture is a source of immense pride and our county and its culture have always been intertwined.  Donegal County Council is fully committed to valuing, sustaining and developing our culture and our creative resources and hosting the International Pan Celtic Festival is a clear demonstration of this commitment.”

Mayor of Letterkenny MD Cllr. Ian McGarvey welcomed the visiting guests to Letterkenny saying “As Mayor of Letterkenny, it is indeed an honour and a joy for me to welcome you all to this the official opening of the International Pan Celtic Festival 2019. I hope you all have a copy of the very busy and interesting programme of events in your hands, and that you will find the time to attend all of the events listed there – you will have plenty of time to sleep and recover when you go home!”

This Festival, which was hosted very successfully by Letterkenny last year, will run until Sunday and boasts a packed programme of themed concerts, music, song and dance workshops and competitions, talks, storytelling sessions, Celtic language workshops, street pageantry, spectacle and drama, featuring over 300 performers.

In order to encourage as many people as possible to enjoy the event, the Pan Celtic Festival organisers are offering Special €10 All Day Tickets which enable admission to All Festival Events in Any One Day.  Tickets are available now at An Grianán Theatre Box Office  T: 074 9120779.

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