Cosaint na féile

Deirtear nach féidir ‘féile’ a mhúineadh.  Bhí bua na féile i gcónaí in iarthar Bhéal Feirste mar a fuaireas féin amach le linn dom bheith i mo chónaí ann ar feadh 11 bhliain go dtí Meán Fómhair seo chaite. 

Ach cothrom is scór bliain ó shin, trath go raibh ‘Here Be Dragons’ breactha ar na léarscáileanna d’iarthar Bhéal Feirste ag na meáin measúla [ar chuireadh ó na h-údaráis measúla neamh dhlisteanach, an NIO], cinneadh ar fhéile a eagrú a chuirfeadh an bua áirithe seo i láthair an phobail.  

Rud ar deineadh go caithréimeach agus i mbliana bhí an 20ú eagrán d’Fhéile an Phobail ann.  Féile é Féile an Phobail a dheineann iarracht dairíre freastal ar an bpobal – ní chosnaíonn na ticéid ceathrú nó trian den phraghas a chosnaíonn na ticéid d’imeachtaí ag leitheidí Féile Bhéal Feirste nó eile.   Nuair a thugann tú chun cuimhne, mar shampla, go raibh Michael Moore, stiurthóir Bowling for Columbine agus Fahrenheit 911, i láthair chun léacht a thabhairt, saor in aisce, an bhliain ar bhuaigh sé an Oscar, tugann sé léargas duit ar an cineal féile atá i gceist.

Den chéad uair le blianta fada, ní raibh mé i láthair ag an bhféile.  Ach chuala mé faoi.   Agus léigh mé faoi – alt tarcaisniúil ón gcolúnaí san Irish Times, Newton Emerson.   Tugadh an freagra don alt seo inniu i litir béasach ó chathaoirleach Féile an Phobail, Danny Morrison,  a bhain na cosa d’fhear an Times. 

Maith thú Danny.  Is cuimhin liom roinnt blianta ó shin alt a scríobh don Andersonstown News mar fhreagra ar alt ionsaitheach gránna eile ó Phoil Uí Mhuirí ar Fhéile an Phobail.  Ní maith leo é nuair a bhionn an bróg ar an gcos eile, bíodh a fhios agat. 

Bhí comhrá ‘spéisiúíl’ agam le h-údar an ailt ar bhlag eile – agus léirigh sé ansin chomh h-aineolach is atá sé.

Dá mbeadh níos mó féiltí ar nós Féile an Phobail ó dheas den teorainn, ní bheadh sé ró olc.

9 dtuairim ar “Cosaint na féile

  1. Newton Emerson

    It is certainly interesting that the phrase “Europe’s largest community festival” disappeared from the front page of the Feile website between my article appearing and Mr Morrison’s response appearing. Is this what is meant by the title “publicity director”?
    Alas for Danny, this particular re-write of history can be easily found out via the Wayback machine..

    http://web.archive.org/web/20080115091415/http://www.feilebelfast.com/

    Danny is really losing his touch.
    Much amusement also among colleagues at his reference to “Maori juggling”. Would that involve a rugby ball in one hand and a kiwi fruit in the other?

    Freagra
  2. igaeilge Údar an Ailt

    Fáílte Newton – I don’t normally allow English language contributions to this blog which, you may have noticed, is as Gaeilge. But in the interests of debate, I will relent on that rule. Anyhow I think you were firmly put in your place by the response by Féile an Phobail because it showed it up as the mean spirited knee jerk of a jealous schoolboy when someone else in the schoolyard has a better yo yo.

    The fact is that you attacked Féile an Phobail without attending any of the events – it was a clear case of there are none so blind as will not see. Your sensitivity to the response and my previous responses on the subject show you up as the typical school bully, resorting to bluster when challenged.

    Go n -eirí leat – agus faigh saol!

    Freagra
  3. Newton Emerson

    “Sensitivity”? Come on, Concubhar – that’s a damned it you do, damned if you don’t tactic and one I could just easily direct back at yourself or Danny.
    Address the point: Feile made an unsupportable exaggeration, repeatedly, and now the Feile chairman is claiming not to have made it when the record clearly shows otherwise. All a bit grubby, don’t you think?

    Freagra
  4. igaeilge Údar an Ailt

    If you follow the link you provided, it leads to the website as it was in 2007!

    It seems to me that’s a fact you might have mentioned in your original article, published in advance of this year’s festival. In this year’s Féile an Phobail programme, the exaggeration, harmless enough as it was, is corrected. Yet you devote an entire column in the Paper of Record to a problem which has already been addressed and you think that’s not grubby?

    What’s more grubby is that you didn’t attend the festival, didn’t bother making a qualitative analysis of the events. Your observation amounts to little more than acute trainspotting.

    Freagra
  5. Newton Emerson

    Then here’s some more recent links for you:

    http://www.anphoblacht.com/news/detail/32711

    http://www.sinnfeinnews.com/2008-07-20 (scroll down).

    Not forgetting this old classic:

    http://www.sinnfein.ie/elections/candidate/262

    The line appeared on the Feile website during this year’s festival and was parroted to every reporter who covered it. Danny’s belief in his power of instant revisionism is badly misplaced. The joy of acute trainspotting is that sometimes you really do get someone’s number.

    Freagra
  6. igaeilge Údar an Ailt

    Just to humour you Newton I went and checked the Féile 2008 programme and it’s available here. See page 4 on the left hand side – it’s in English and as Gaeilge!
    The fact that is the reference you made a headline out only appeared on a website which hadn’t been updated recently. So now the Irish Times has given away valuable advertising space to a trainspotter for pointing out that a website hadn’t been updated. It really is the silly season! You should get out more – go to the Féile next year rather than staying at a home proofreading the website like a sad git….

    Freagra
  7. igaeilge Údar an Ailt

    Funny guy! I think the only fellow who’s got a ducking here is yourself Newt. Slán leat, tar ais am ar bith. You’re great craic!

    Freagra
  8. igaeilge Údar an Ailt

    You’ve gone to a great deal of trouble Newt, I’ll give you that. Except, of course, you’re quoting from An Phoblacht and Sinn Féin’s websites, all of which are going to be slightly skewed anyhow. Like all party websites. All you have to do is look at the Féile an Phobail programme which is distributed throughout Belfast free of charge. That’s all. All the rest is, granted, propoganda. People are proud of the festival – that’s all.

    My advice is to you – forget the trainspotting, get along to the Féile events. Who knows you may even get an invite to West Belfast Talks Back….then you can have an opportunity to defend your comments against those more erudite than I…

    Freagra

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