Wednesday, 15th August 2012
An Samhradh Linn hails from Waterford
TG4's second series of 'An Samhradh Linn' continues next Thursday, August 16th, when host Síle Ní Bhraonáin is in the Déise to bring us the finest Irish traditional music, song and dance, as well as local cuisine the county has to offer - all highlighting some of the many ways to holiday on a budget here at home.
Síle visits John Keane's Pub in Dungarvan, where local musicians Brendan Clancy, Noel Clancy, Joe Brennan and Marian Clancy regale us with some lively reels. Renowned local singer, Alice Fitzgerald, treats us to a beautiful song, while young musicians Sarah O'Gorman and Clara Mannion entertain us with some traditional tunes.
To prove that eating out in Ireland can be both a delicious and inexpensive experience, Síle visits An Seanchaí Bar & Restaurant, just outside Dungarvan, where owner/chef Mags Hurley shows how to prepare and cook one of her signature dishes - Beef & Guinness casserole - which is on the menu for just €10!
An Samhradh Linn also accompanies the Uí Dhuíbhir & De Paor family from Dungarvan, as they pop across the border into County Kilkenny to explore Jerpoint Abbey, just south of Thomastown, and tell us of their experience. Jerpoint is an outstanding Cistercian abbey, the Romanesque details of which date from the second half of the 12th century. In the transept chapels are the 13th to 16th century tomb sculpture, while the tower and cloister date from the 15th century. The chief attraction of the Abbey is the sculptured cloister arcade with unique carvings.
And An Samhradh Linn also visits the Irish summer college in Ring - where Síle meets Principal, Niall Ó Ceadagáin and some of the students. Local dancer Marianne Ryan performs for the students, demonstrating the local style of sean-nós dancing, accompanied by box player, Seán Kearney.
Thugamar Féin an Samhradh Linn is the Irish song which gives this TG4 programme its name. Síle Ní Bhraonáin and all the crew are happy to bring the summer to you, whatever the weather! You can see An Samhradh Linn on TG4 next Thursday, August 16th at 8:30 pm, and online at http://www.tg4.ie when we visit the beautiful county of Waterford. Bí Linn!
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