Highlights from the weekend:
A selection of video memories from the first Padraic Colum Gathering, held 8 & 9 September 2017, in Longford town.
The videos were filmed and compiled by Shane Crossan of Crooked Line Films.
Colum Cruinniú 2017 overview
Official opening of the festival & civic reception for the Colum family.
Clíona Ní Shúilleacháin, great-niece of Pádraic Colum, sharing her childhood memories.
Cllr Séamus Butler, Longford Municipal District & Colum Gathering Committee
addressing the audience of the festival concert at the Backstage Theatre.
Sinéad Mullally singing The Foggy Dew,
in honour of the Colums' friendships with the leaders of the 1916 Rising.
The Brady Family performing Griangraf
Ed Sheeran's Photograph, as Gaeilge. The Bradys are from Colmcille, where Padraic's father's family hailed from.
Bishop Emeritus, Colm O'Reilly & Sr Rose Moran at St. Mel's Cathedral
Bishop Colm O'Reilly, Bishop Emeritus of Ardagh & Clonmacnois, talks about the rebuilding of St. Mel's Cathedral after the 2009 fire, with local poet, Sr. Rose Moran. Of special interest were the Stations of the Cross; Padraic Colum wrote verses for Alfredo Faggi's, Stations of the Cross
Visit to Padraic Colum's place of birth
Luke Baxter, local historian, with Martin Morris, County Archivist, on the history of the Longford Workhouse, where Padraic Colum was born.