Kilfinane Revives Old Traditions

Exhibition visitors were treated to music and dancing by Ballyhoura Comhaltas
Kilfinane Exhibition

The community of Kilfinane celebrated the revival of the old traditions of willow weaving, wool spinning and the Wren Boys at the launch of the ‘Made in Kilfinane’ Exhibition on Sunday.
The exhibition is a showcase  of woven art made by people from Kilfinane and surrounding areas including Kilmallock, Ardpatrick, Knocklong, Hospital, Knockainey, Galbally and Glenbrohane. At the launch Ballyhoura Comhaltas and Sarah Kelleher provided music and dance.
The group, part of Kilfinane Community Council, used local natural materials to explore the themes of traditions and links with nature. The artists range in age from age 3 to 90 plus. Willow artist Hanna Van Aelst guided the group through the project. The group also collaborated with the Ballyhoura Comhaltas to make Wren Boy costumes which were worn by the musicians and dancers at the exhibition launch.
Veronica Santorum, member of the Kilfinane Arts, Crafts and Traditional Skills group, says ‘We’re trying to bring back traditional crafts. Not particularly as economic activities but more for the other benefits, for good mental health, community strengthening and social and creative opportunities.’
The project is funded by Creative Ireland and Limerick City and County Council through a Creative Ireland and made in Limerick Grant 2018. Straw work is funded by The Heritage Council. The exhibition is sponsored by Ballyhoura Apple Farm.
Regular crafting sessions are held on Thursday evenings from 7pm-9pm in Teach na Cille, Kilfinane.  People can find us on facebook at Kilfinane Arts and Crafts.