Mickie Timothy weekend in Williamstown

Williamstown will be alive to sound of traditional music this weekend, as the annual Mickie Timothy Traditional Music and Dancing Festival takes place.             A concert with PJ Murrihy is the highlight of Friday night, August 10th, while on Saturday there will be music workshops in tin whistle, flute, fiddle, banjo and traditional singing. Sacra Furey will give the workshops in tin whistle, John Carty will be the tutor of fiddle, while John Wynne will take charge of the fiddle workshop. Colm Naughton will oversee the flute workshop and Jim Lyons will be in charge of the banjo workshop.             A major Céilí will take place in the Parish Hall on Saturday night, August 11th, with music by Heather Breeze. On Sunday there will be busking competitions for children and adults with valuable prizes in both categories.             Kennedy’s pub will be a hive of activity for the duration of the festival with sean nós dancing on Saturday night, when the new dancefloor is expected to be put to good use!             Mickie Timothy was a well-loved character who was born in the nearby townland of Carranderry and lived there all his life. He started playing accordion at the age of nine, learning from a lady called Maggie Kenny. Whenever music was required, Mickie was the one they sent for, and he always came willingly. He often played for stations, when Mass was held in a home. The festivities would continue well into the night with plenty of music and dance. Mickie was a farmer and tradesman (carpenter), an active strong man, jolly and outgoing. He travelled everywhere by bicycle and was still on the bike in his eighties. Mickie Timothy who died in 1996 at the age of 87.             For further information on the Mickie Timothy Traditional Music and Set Dancing Festival, call (094) 96 43087.