By Eimear Rabbitt, 
Campus.ie Intern

Hundreds of students from all over the country flocked to Killarney last Halloween weekend, 27th - 31st October, for the 'Oireachtas na Samhna' 2010.  The Glen eagle hotel in Killarney was this year's venue of choice for the annual festival to celebrate Irish language and culture and it did not disappoint. With singing and dancing competitions as well as a variety of workshops, it was a celebration of our own unique traditions.  The partying spirit that Irish people are well known for was also in full flow and the rousing music sessions lasted well into the night.

"The Oireachtas was a great success yet again this year", said Brenda Ní Gairbhí of Conradh na Gaeilge; "the atmosphere was amazing and it was brilliant to see every age enjoying the singing and dancing competitions as well as the numerous music sessions taking place around the Gleneagle Hotel".

 

Although the festival officially began on Thursday, 27th October, it wasn't until the Friday night that things really got going with the arrival of busloads of students contributing to the already buzzing atmosphere. Oíche na Mic Léinn took place on the Frdiay night with groups of students, all in fancy dress costume vying for the best dressed cash prize.

{module Island Banners|xhtml} "This year was the highest number of 3rd level students attending the Oireachtas ever, with more than 400 travelling from all over the country to the festival. It was also the first year that the Students' Night was part of the official programme, with Mo Hat Mo Gheansaí playing a great gig & the students going all out for the Halloween fancy dress competition", Brenda told campus.ie.

The well-received gig was followed by a Ceilí mór next door in the adjoining hotel and guests took  to the floor until the early hours of the morning.  The next day, students nursed their heavy heads at a series of workshops and music sessions where the unique style of sean-nós dancing was a prominent feature.  More of the same was to follow on the Saturday night with students and Irish lovers revelling in the 'craic' before the close of the festival the next day.

The venue went down very with all those in attendance. They departed tired yet rejuvenated and already looking forward to next year's event, which will see them grace the lovely town of Killarney once more.

"The venue was great, Killarney is beautiful and we're all looking forward to heading back there again for Oireachtas 2011" said Brenda.