Celebrating a contemporary music & dance experience that tells an Irish story of tragic loss, enduring love and the triumph of humanity (a Kathy Fahey composition)

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Celebrating an amazing year, 2019, from the sold out World Premiere of ‘Fainne Oir’ in Castlebar’s Royal Theatre to the exciting US Premiere at New York’s Symphony Space and subsequent performances at University Concert Hall, Limerick, back at the Royal Theatre and finally in Dublin’s historic Olympia Theatre!

The Story

‘Fáinne Oir’ tells the story of an Irish family living in the townland of Glanageeha in West Mayo during the Famine Years of 1845-1848. Parents Sean and Maire O’Malley and their five daughters Saoirse, Maire, Aine, Nora and Brid, work in community with their neighbours, surviving mainly off the life-giving potato crop.

Fáinne Oir’ is also a story of young love between Saoirse, the oldest daughter, and farm hand Diarmuid, who works late into the evenings to be with her.

The destructive potato blight hits Ireland and the O’Malley smallholding does not escape. Through music and dance, we are taken on a journey as Diarmuid makes a promise to Saoirse that he will protect and love her forever. We are also taken on a sad and tragic journey!

2019 – The Year In Images

Our Sponsors

We acknowledge the support of our sponsors without whom Fainne Oir would not have happened.