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Fat Cat Festival: Traveling duo embrace the spirit of the Emerald Isle

The Fat Cat is making his presence known in   Ireland as he continues his world journey leading back to Kelowna on June 10 and 11 for the Fat Cat Children’s Festival . - Contributed
The Fat Cat is making his presence known in Ireland as he continues his world journey leading back to Kelowna on June 10 and 11 for the Fat Cat Children’s Festival .
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As the Irish would say, “Cead Mile Failte” or 100,000 welcomes, from Fat Cat and PT as they have landed on the gloriously lush Emerald Isle.

Join them on their Where in the World is Fat Cat? tour as they discover the myths and legends of Ireland.

Read all about it as Fat Cat and PT discover some of these legends at www.facebook.ca/fatcatfestival, and enter to win two tickets anywhere WestJet flies.

Ireland’s magic is enduring and its rich cultural traditions, music and dance remain strong throughout the world with Irish descendents keeping their heritage alive and strong in their new worlds.

Actually, traveling around Ireland, seeing the people and being part of those traditions is an experience not to be missed.

Ireland and the Irish will seep into your soul and leave an indelible impression. The Irish are very social, love a good party and are renowned for their festivals and fairs as well as their pubs.

Storytelling and folklore are key to Irish history.  Did you know the largest collection of recorded myths, tales and legends is held at the University College of Dublin?

The famous legend of kissing the Blarney Stone to gain the eternal gift of eloquence is just one of over 100,000 amassed there. While the origins of the custom of kissing the Blarney Stone aren’t clear, the Irish reputation for the lyrical and lilting ‘gift of the gab’ has remained strong through the ages, as have the image of Ireland as a land of romance and magic.

Faeries in Ireland are part of the Sidhe (pronounced shee) which translates to “people of the mounds.” Unlike their continental European counterparts, they are not diminutive but rather strong, tall beings that interacted with mortals, giving protection, healing and teaching them skills.

The mythology of the Sidhe is still strong in Ireland today, despite its strong Christian roots.

The culture is immersed in folklore and even natural landscape features are the stuff of legends.

 

The majestic and magical Cliffs of Moher have been used for films such as the Princess Bride and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Today, the cliffs are one of Ireland’s top attractions, attracting one million

visitors annually.

 

An amazing 214 meters (702 feet) at their highest point, the cliffs fall sharply to the Atlantic Ocean below and run for a total length of eight kilometres.

While Ireland has seen mass exodus of its population over the centuries, today modern Ireland enjoys more immigration than emigration and an enviable youthful outlook with over half of its population under 30.

Well worth discovering, Ireland is living the motto, Erin go Bragh (Ireland Forever).

***

The Interior Savings Fat Cat Children’s Festival is an annual festival offering performances, arts, workshops and activities for kids of all ages.

Join us for a Global Adventure this June 10 and 11, 2011 as we celebrate Where in the World is Fat Cat? at Waterfront Park. You’ll get a wee taste of Ireland as Chloe and Kyle present their “Around the World in 60 Minutes” show accompanied by Irish dancers from the Blakey School of Dance.

As the Irish would say, “Cead Mile Failte” or 100,000 welcomes, from Fat Cat and PT as they have landed on the gloriously lush Emerald Isle.

Join them on their Where in the World is Fat Cat? tour as they discover the myths and legends of Ireland.

Read all about it as Fat Cat and PT discover some of these legends at www.facebook.ca/fatcatfestival, and enter to win two tickets anywhere WestJet flies.

Ireland’s magic is enduring and its rich cultural traditions, music and dance remain strong throughout the world with Irish descendents keeping their heritage alive and strong in their new worlds.

Actually, traveling around Ireland, seeing the people and being part of those traditions is an experience not to be missed.

Ireland and the Irish will seep into your soul and leave an indelible impression. The Irish are very social, love a good party and are renowned for their festivals and fairs as well as their pubs.

Storytelling and folklore are key to Irish history.  Did you know the largest collection of recorded myths, tales and legends is held at the University College of Dublin?

The famous legend of kissing the Blarney Stone to gain the eternal gift of eloquence is just one of over 100,000 amassed there. While the origins of the custom of kissing the Blarney Stone aren’t clear, the Irish reputation for the lyrical and lilting ‘gift of the gab’ has remained strong through the ages, as have the image of Ireland as a land of romance and magic.

Faeries in Ireland are part of the Sidhe (pronounced shee) which translates to “people of the mounds.” Unlike their continental European counterparts, they are not diminutive but rather strong, tall beings that interacted with mortals, giving protection, healing and teaching them skills.

The mythology of the Sidhe is still strong in Ireland today, despite its strong Christian roots.

The culture is immersed in folklore and even natural landscape features are the stuff of legends.

 

The majestic and magical Cliffs of Moher have been used for films such as the Princess Bride and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Today, the cliffs are one of Ireland’s top attractions, attracting one million

visitors annually.

An amazing 214 meters (702 feet) at their highest point, the cliffs fall sharply to the Atlantic Ocean below and run for a total length of eight kilometres.

While Ireland has seen mass exodus of its population over the centuries, today modern Ireland enjoys more immigration than emigration and an enviable youthful outlook with over half of its population under 30.

Well worth discovering, Ireland is living the motto, Erin go Bragh (Ireland Forever).

***

The Interior Savings Fat Cat Children’s Festival is an annual festival offering performances, arts, workshops and activities for kids of all ages.

Join us for a Global Adventure this June 10 and 11, 2011 as we celebrate Where in the World is Fat Cat? at Waterfront Park. You’ll get a wee taste of Ireland as Chloe and Kyle present their “Around the World in 60 Minutes” show accompanied by Irish dancers from the Blakey School of Dance.

As the Irish would say, “Cead Mile Failte” or 100,000 welcomes, from Fat Cat and PT as they have landed on the gloriously lush Emerald Isle.

Join them on their Where in the World is Fat Cat? tour as they discover the myths and legends of Ireland.

Read all about it as Fat Cat and PT discover some of these legends at www.facebook.ca/fatcatfestival, and enter to win two tickets anywhere WestJet flies.

Ireland’s magic is enduring and its rich cultural traditions, music and dance remain strong throughout the world with Irish descendents keeping their heritage alive and strong in their new worlds.

Actually, traveling around Ireland, seeing the people and being part of those traditions is an experience not to be missed.

Ireland and the Irish will seep into your soul and leave an indelible impression. The Irish are very social, love a good party and are renowned for their festivals and fairs as well as their pubs.

Storytelling and folklore are key to Irish history.  Did you know the largest collection of recorded myths, tales and legends is held at the University College of Dublin?

The famous legend of kissing the Blarney Stone to gain the eternal gift of eloquence is just one of over 100,000 amassed there. While the origins of the custom of kissing the Blarney Stone aren’t clear, the Irish reputation for the lyrical and lilting ‘gift of the gab’ has remained strong through the ages, as have the image of Ireland as a land of romance and magic.

Faeries in Ireland are part of the Sidhe (pronounced shee) which translates to “people of the mounds.” Unlike their continental European counterparts, they are not diminutive but rather strong, tall beings that interacted with mortals, giving protection, healing and teaching them skills.

The mythology of the Sidhe is still strong in Ireland today, despite its strong Christian roots.

The culture is immersed in folklore and even natural landscape features are the stuff of legends.

 

The majestic and magical Cliffs of Moher have been used for films such as the Princess Bride and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Today, the cliffs are one of Ireland’s top attractions, attracting one million

visitors annually.

 

An amazing 214 meters (702 feet) at their highest point, the cliffs fall sharply to the Atlantic Ocean below and run for a total length of eight kilometres.

While Ireland has seen mass exodus of its population over the centuries, today modern Ireland enjoys more immigration than emigration and an enviable youthful outlook with over half of its population under 30.

Well worth discovering, Ireland is living the motto, Erin go Bragh (Ireland Forever).

***

The Interior Savings Fat Cat Children’s Festival is an annual festival offering performances, arts, workshops and activities for kids of all ages.

Join us for a Global Adventure this June 10 and 11, 2011 as we celebrate Where in the World is Fat Cat? at Waterfront Park. You’ll get a wee taste of Ireland as Chloe and Kyle present their “Around the World in 60 Minutes” show accompanied by Irish dancers from the Blakey School of Dance.

Dorothee Birker is a Capital News contributor.


 

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