THEY came, they saw, they danced, they sang, they read, they recited and they celebrated all things Irish as Killarney played host to the bumper Oireachtas na Samhna over the past five days.
Well in excess of 8,000 people packed the town for a get-together like no other, with concerts, book launches, poetry sessions, dance workshops and impromptu sessions for families of all ages.
The festival was based in the Gleneagle Hotel and the INEC and with such an influx of free-spending visitors, it represents a huge economic boost to the area at this time of year.
The Oireachtas was previously held in Killarney in 1914 and in 1918 – 100 years ago – and it has successfully returned to the town in recent years. The calendar of events embraced all age groups and they took place from Thursday to Saturday.
Such is the importance of the events, this year RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta broadcast some of its magazine and music shows from the venue, TG4 broadcast its news live from the event and RTÉ.ie/Gaeilge also featured the festival.
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