Kennedy school "show must go on"
One of the organisers of the Frankie Kennedy Winter School, which got underway last night in Gaoth Dobhair, says their "prayers have been answered" as the thaw sets in.
The 2010 Frankie Kennedy Winter School (FKWS) takes place in a number of venues in the Gaoth Dobhair and Dunlewey area, which, until the thaw arrived had many impassable roads including the Errigal road that was closed through the cold snap.
Now, as traditional music lovers brave the wintry elements, FKWS committee member Conor Byrne says they are delighted the icy conditions are beginning to subside and that many people will relish the chance of getting out and about during the week.
"We have been receiving a lot of calls today and I think a lot of people were holding back but I think our prayers were answered in that the airport is fine, the roads have thawed out big time and there is still a lot of people travelling from other countries, lots of people travelling from various parts of Ireland so it is looking good," Conor stated.
He said all the performers and teachers were had arrived for the start of the famous music week and the "show must go on".
The official launch of the renowned winter school, which took place in Teach Hudi Beag last night marked a week long celebration of traditional music that will see a range of concerts, events and music classes over the coming week.
Last week, Chairman of the Gaoth Dobhair Chamber of Commerce, Eamonn McBride, said he had assurances from a number of local area politicians that some of the roads leading to Dunlewey, where much of the Frankie Kennedy week takes place, would be left in a passable condition despite the weather.
Eamonn said the week long event is worth a large amount of money to the local area through the number of visitors it attracts annually.