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The Craic « The Festival of Ireland

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“Michael Cooney hails from Tipperary but plays his pipes as though he’d been born within earshot of Dublin’s Pipers Club. There’s a synergy in his playing between the controlled Dublin style of Rowsome or Ennis and the more flowing music of Clancy and Touhey. There’s even a hint of the traveller wildness of the Dorans and Keenans: listen to Fred Finn’s Reel. Michael immersed himself in all styles of piping from a young age, served his apprenticeship in America, and is now back in Ireland as a master piper.” – Alex Monaghan

It seems like Michael Cooney was destined to play the pipes. He was raised in a family of Highland pipers from Co. Tipperary. His father, Martin, and his uncles played in the Sean Tracey Pipe Band in Littleton that his grandfather and great uncles founded. In the 1980s, Michael “Piper” Cooney made a name for himself, winning multiple All-Ireland championships in pipes and whistle. He also spent some time in the US, where he played music with legends like Andy McGann, Paddy Reynolds, and Joe Burke.

For more information visit: www.michaelpipercooney.com

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“Bernadette Short came to Montreal from her native Dublin in early 1974 and soon became involved in teaching the Irish step dances she had learned while growing up. She is not only an Irish Dance Teacher but is also a qualified Adjudicator, much in demand across North America.

Over the years the Short school has produced many Canadian and North American champions and every year sends dancers to compete in the All-Ireland Championships and The World Championships. ”

For more information visit: www.montrealirishdance.com

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Tug o’ War Games have existed from the beginning of time. In Ireland this game, in its earliest form, was used as a means of settling disputes, most often between two individuals. It was a less violent approach to resolving the matter at hand than settling disputes by hand. It then developed into what it is today, being played for competition with teams. This idea may have come from earlier days when it was one on one and others who may have interfered by jumping in to help their fellow kinsman turning the duel, turning the duel into a competition for supremacy in strength and endurance of group or clan.

Join a team, pick a side and may the best men win!

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The origins of the hay bale toss started down on a farm belonging to John Joe’s uncle. During hay season there are many hours spent in the fields working. After a long day’s work one evening, John Joe and two other friends of his who were working along with him decided they would see who could throw the bale the furthest, and so from a farm in Ireland to Lake Placid, the hay bale toss was added to the games; a fun activity, and a little easier when you haven’t been baling hay all day.

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Strongmen have been lifting kegs for over a century. The bulky size and unsteady contents of the keg makes it more of a challenge than traditional barbells. The fact that they are filled with Guinness makes this challenge all the sweeter.

A feat of strength enjoyed at summer games across Ireland and brought stateside. Give it a go and then join us for a pint of the sweet stuff!

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