“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 .