The end of July saw The Celt Pub on Talbot Street launch The Celtic Ceili Feasta - a new night of folklore, food, Irish music and dance.
The new show aims to promote North Dublin City and Irish culture, and to allow tourists to discover the north side of the Liffey - an often times overlooked destination.
Members of Bord Failte and the press were treated to an evening of storytelling. The talented Aron Hegarty, from Candlelit Tales, told several traditional Irish folklore stories such as The King of Cats, Cuchulainn Takes Up Arms and the mythology behind The Giant’s Causeway in an amusing, enthusiastic and upbeat fashion.
All stories performed were also written by Aronn, who has appeared in productions in the Abbey Theatre as well as Penny Dreadful, Vikings and Game of Thrones. The stories were also accompanied by live music and Irish dancing between courses, featuring music by award winning musician Brian Noel Corry and dancing from Hannah Shackley, making it difficult to deny that the night will most certainly be a success with tourists.
The night also features a gourmet menu to enjoy by candlelight in a relaxed and comfortable setting. Dish offerings include starters such as goat's cheese, beetroot and granola salad; crubeen terrine with crispy hen egg and summer vegetables; and smoked salmon carpaccio with capers and radishes. Mains include braised angus beef with tempura oyster and barley risotto; roast stone bass, garden peas and bacon; and guinea fowl with potato fondant and sugar snaps. Dessert consists of bread and butter pudding; Cashel blue and gruben cheeses; a selection of Irish ice creams; and strawberries and cream.
At the price of €49 for the three courses, as well as excellent entertainment, The Celt is definitely offering a very affordable and good value for money option for tourists who want to to experience Irish culture in a fresh and stimulating way. Even as an Irish person the evening promises to be a unique and engaging one.