There was fantastic wall-to-wall Irish Traditional music on offer during Derry’s inaugural Awakening Festival and Inishowen musicians played a mighty part.

That is not to mention the céilí dancers of Cumann Rinceoirí Céilí Inis Eoghain, who danced the night away at the Céilí Mór in the Guildhall with the fabulous Emerald Céilí Band and Fowler Hall Fir a’ Tí, Joe Quinn.

Among the talented Inishowen musicians who graced the various stages over the August Bank Holiday Weekend were Buncrana’s Michael Carey (whistle) and Shannon and Saoirise Duggan (accordion and banjo) from Newtwoncunningham.

Co-organiser of the Awakening Festival, Brendan Molloy, Chairperson of CCÉ Baile na gCailleach said the event had definitely created a buzz around the city.

Brendan added: “Between the music, singing, dancing, storytelling and comedy on offer during the Awakening Festival 2018, there was a fabulous atmosphere in Derry.

“I would like to thank everyone from Donegal who took part in what I hope will be the first of many such end-of-summer events.

“It was brilliant to see the younger musicians sharing the stage and playing unbelievable Traditional music with musicians of the calibre of Michael Carey, Martin Donohoe, Jim McGrath, Gabby Ardle, Philip Clarke, Marcas Ó Murchu, Josie Nugent and Brian Stafford, legends all.

“We are passing our valuable heritage on to the next generation and they are proving only too willing to take up the baton. The atmosphere on the streets of Derry was amazing and I thank Studio 2, Ollie Green and everyone who helped to organise the Awakening Festival 2018 and everyone who took part,” said Brendan.

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