“Mummers Foundation join forces with Seactain Na Gaeilge and Lough Erne Landscape Partnership”
As part of last week’s promotion of Seactain na Gaeilge ( week of irish language) over twenty pupils from Lisnaskea’s Bunscoil An Traonaigh crossed the Ferry bridges over to Aughakillymaude on the loughshore . The objective: to converse and listen to the social history of the mumming tradition within Fermanagh through the medium of Irish language . On hand was jim Ledwith , coordinator the Mummmers Foundation whose command of irish conversation enabled him to open the minds of children to the countryside’s most enduring tradition – mumming.
With the assistance of the country’s sole exhibition on mumming the children were also introduced to the heritage of strawcrafts which were widely used on farm households. It was then onto a strawcraft workshop where the age old mastercraftsman, Patrick Murphy excelled , once again in helping children fashion the rudamentary , iconic straw masks of the mummers .
After three hours of solid working strewn straw and hairy ned rope the children proudly held aloft their mini straw masks and went off home to show their parents and grandparents. The Seactain na Gaeilge workshop was jointly supported by the Mummers Foundation and the Lough Erne Landscape Partnership (LELP) with National Heritage Lottery funds .