Iris Aniar

LaMhicDaraPress Image Name: LaMhicDaraPress Description: Boats heading for Cruach na Cara Island out from the Carna on La Mhic Dara, feast of Patron Saint Mac Dara

Inniu, beidh Iris Aniar ag craoladh ón Más i gCarna, áit a mbeidh an cheiliúradh ag tosú do Lá Fhéile Mhic Dara.  Ba sa Seachtú hAois a thóg Naomh Mac Dara teampall ar an oileán amach ón Más, agus is nós le bádóirí an cheantair na seoltaí a ísliú trí huaire agus iad ag dul thar an oileán in ómós don naomh.  Go traidisiúnta, téann na céadta isteach ar an oileán ar an lá seo gach bliain don aifreann, agus ansin níos deireanaí bíonn rásaí báid ann, agus ceol, craic agus ceiliúradh ar an mórthír.  Beidh foireann an chláir ag caint le lucht báid, leo siúd atá ag dul isteach ar an oileán, agus le ceoltóirí agus amhránaithe, faoin bhféile bhliantúil seo ar an gclár inniu.

Today, Iris Aniar will be broadcasting live from An Más in Carna, where celebrations will be in full swing for Lá Fhéile Mhic Dara, the feast day of St. Mac Dara, the local patron saint.  St. Mac Dara built a church on Cruach na Cara island in the Seventh Century and fishermen and boatmen alike traditionally dip their sails three times when passing the island in reverence to the him, a custom that has been in existence since the Seventeenth Century.  Each year on his feast day hundreds make the pilgrimage to the island, and there will be boat racing later in the day, and music and dancing until late.  This morning the programme team will be speaking to local boatmen, people travelling out to the island, musicians and singers about this unique Connemara festival.