Folk dancing from Cornwall at the Pan Celtic Festival in Killarney, and how an Irish man is credited with reviving a dying tradition.

Tá rinceoirí ó Chorn na Breataine i gCill Áirne le haghaidh Féile Pan Cheilteach 1983.

Breandán Feiritear talks to Pat and David Crewes from Cornwall, whose semi-professional dancing group performs all over Cornwall.  They enjoy the Pan Celtic Festival in Killarney so much that they’ve been coming here every year for the last five years.  Pat explains why, 

Everyone can sit down and have music, dancing, in a pub, in a hall, anywhere, and the spirit’s the same, such togetherness is really super, it doesn’t happen anywhere else.

Research plays a large part of what they do, and they also visit and film older people who still dance the traditional Cornish dances.  Pat credits the festival organiser Ian O’Leary for helping to keep traditional dance in Cornwall alive, 

We take back the enthusiasm, in fact there wouldn’t be a Cornish dance team if it wasn’t for the Killarney festival...one man, Ian O’Leary, asked us to do something about the dancing in Cornwall, and that’s how it started.

This episode of ‘Fáilte’ was broadcast on 10 May 1983.  The reporter is Breandán Feiritear.  

‘Fáilte’ was an Irish language arts series which ran from 1981 to 1983.  Presenters included Elva Nic Phaidín, Breandán Feiritear, Padraig Ó Catháin, Mícheál Ó hUanacháin,  Prionsias Mac Aonghusa, Padhraic Ó Ciardha, Breandán Ó hEithir, and Gráinne Uí Mhaitiú.