Preserving Authentic Ireland at The Red Door Fahan
Every Wednesday Night during June July and August
Experiencing Ireland’s cultural heritage is still one of the greatest motivations for tourists to the country. Despite all else that is going on in Ireland, they want to learn about our traditions, lifestyle and what makes the place and people unique. The role of providing this experience lies largely with tourism providers and entering the summer season, we are stepping up to the mark.
One of the most authentic experiences a visitor can have is to sit by the fireside in the evening listening to poetry recitations, old legends and a song or two. The Celtic tradition of storytelling has been around for over 2000 years and people would gather in each other’s houses making their own entertainment to pass the long evenings.
Local musician, painter, writer and genealogist Seoirse O’Dochartaigh helped launch our Wednesday night opening at The Red Door last night with a relaxed evening of music and chat by the open fire in Kate’s Room, the original part of the country house built in 1789. Switching from English to Gaelic throughout poems and songs, Seoirse told how this was how Irish speakers learned English in the past.
Overnight guests from America and Greece said that they had toured to other parts of Donegal before coming to Inishowen but had not encountered such ‘Irishness’ as this. Locals enjoyed finding out about the history of the area and in particular the O’Dochartaigh family name.
Wednesday nights during June, July and August
Seoirse will be at The Red Door every Wednesday Night during June July and August and everyone is welcome. Senior citizens enjoy 10% discount on food on Wednesdays so it is perfect for a night out with a difference during the week. Call 00353 74 9360289 to book but it’s not essential.
Link: Preserving Authentic Ireland