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HISTORIC TOWN OF ATHY WELCOMES ITS FIRST MAY DAY FESTIVAL IN LIVING MEMORY

ATHYS May Day Festival 2010
 
This is the first May Day festival in living memory in the welcoming and historic town of Athy, Co. Kildare. The festival is a multi-cultural event and will feature a colourful display of Trade Union Banners and Posters over the last century. There will be a series of papers presented tracing the development of agrarian labour organisations and discussions on two major rural labour disputes in south Kildare in 1922/23 and 1947.
 
The day will culminate in a music and multi-media performance by Will Kaufman, the famous Woody Guthrie biographer.
 
The event is being sponsored by the Athy and Kildare/Leixlip Branches of SIPTU. All events during the day are free; there is a small fee for the evening performance by Will Kaufman. Tickets are available from SIPTU for 5. Contact No. 045 432318 (office Hours Monday to Friday) or Adrian Kane on 0876784736
 
Saturday MAY DAY 2010.
Display of Trade Union Banners Posters from.....11pm-6pm
Papers and Discussion..... 2.00pm-5.30pm
The Woody Guthrie Story, Tales and Ballads from the Dustbowl....8.30pm
2.00- 2.10pm....Opening of Festivities by the Mayor of Athy
2.10-2.20pm.... An Introduction to May Day by SIPTUs Kildare Organiser Adrian Kane
2.20-3.00pm..... The Whitefeet, a story of a radical movement of Miners and Farm Labourers in the 1820s and 1830 in the midlands by Terry Dunne a graduate of NUI Galway and native of Athy.
3.00-3.340pm..... The Knights of the Plough early Farm Labourers organisations in South Kildare by local Historian Frank Taaffe
3.40-4.00...... Tea/Coffee Break
4.00-4.40..... Not Organisable, The Autonomous Worker and The Farm Labourers Strike of 1922/23 by Doctor Noel Kavanagh, Philosophy Lecturer Carlow
4.40-5.10.....The Kilkea lock out of 1947, the struggle for the shorter working week by John McKenna, local Novelist and Play-write
8.30pm.... Will Kaufman, The Woody Guthrie Story, Tales and Ballads from the Dust Bowl, an evening of song and celebration of Woody Guthries life.
Please Note that all events will take place in the Methodist Hall, Woodstock Street, Athy Co. Kildare on Saturday the 1st of May 2010. Tickets available from SIPTU contact 045 432318 office hours Monday to Friday or Adrian Kane 0876784736

 

Historic town of Athy, Co. Kildare welcomes its first May Day festival in living memory. The event is being sponsored by the Athy and Kildare/Leixlip branches of SIPTU.


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