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Gather Ye: Magazine special on the Gathering

Whether it’s surfing off the Blasket Islands, revisiting the ballroom of romance or celebrating that mane of red hair, the Gathering has something for everyone

Jean Winston (left) and friend Eileen McGarvey both panto stalwarts photographed at Ramelton Town Hall in Co Donegal. They were both in a 1956 performance of Robin Hood. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Sat, Jun 22, 2013, 07:21

   

Whether it’s surfing off the Blasket Islands, revisiting the ballroom of romance or celebrating that mane of red hair, the Gathering has something for everyone… Yvonne Gordon, Rosita Boland, Gary Quinn and Róisín Ingle round up the best of the summer’s events around the country in a special report in The Irish Times Magazine today.

Gary Quinn reports on The Crest, a film about two American cousins who’d previously never met, on an island they’d never been to, who came together to surf on the week of the Blaskets and West Kerry Gathering in Islandmen reborn – capturing a Blasket gathering.

Also in The Irish Times today, Joan Scales has recommendations for a family of six from New Zealand who are visiting Belfast in August for the Gathering, and Michael Parsons reports on the mystery surrounding an evocative painting of 19th century emigration, to be auctioned in London next month.

Parsons also recommends that emigrants returning for the Gathering who are looking for contemporary paintings of the old country take a trip to see Pádraig McCaul’s selling exhibition, appropriately called Homeland, at Dublin’s Doorway Gallery. McCaul, who lives on Achill Island, is exhibiting more than 30 new oil paintings of mainly west of Ireland landscapes, old homesteads and farms.