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11. Slógadh: 1988  
In 1988 the annual Slógadh festival took place in Ennis. Slógadh was a competition for young people in drama, music and dancing and it attracted large numbers of participants from around the country. It was organised by Gael Linn, the organisation which endeavours to promote the Irish language through music, sport, song and other activities.

In this clip, a busy Fiach Mac Conghail talks about those who took part at previous festivals, some of whom have gone on to greater things. He himself became director of the Abbey Theatre in 2005. The now-famous group Kíla are also seen busking on the streets of Ennis. At that time the members of Kíla were students at Coláiste Eoin, an all-Irish secondary school in Dublin.

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Related Links
(1) History of Slógadh
(2) Irish Traditional Music Archive
(3) The Origins of Irish Traditional Music

Credits: Presenters -- Cliona Ní Bhuachalla &
Dónall Mac An Rí
Producer -- Paul Duggan
Programme -- Púiríní
A Léiriú ag COCO Television do RTÉ
Language: Irish
Broadcast: 30/06/1988
Duration: 3'39"
Relevance: Later Modern Ireland, Topic 6