The Event Schedule

Fáilte Romhaibh – Welcome – to the DAINGEAN ’23 Meitheal or Gathering taking place on the island of Ireland from 1-7 May 2023. We warmly invite you to a week of journeying together into the heart of indigenous culture on the island of Ireland. We are aware of the healthy upsurge across our island of diverse groups working on indigenous themes and we warmly welcome you all to come and share your stories together in 2023. This is a week of embodied practice – and  time to refresh our inter-connections with sisters and brothers world-wide – and celebrate our Daingean – Our collective Strength
Shane O’Connor

Breathing into our Daingean

You’ll be collectively guided to the depths of our inner and outer Daingean (Irish) and other Indigenous versions of Daingean which will play part of a red thread of verbal and non-verbal discussion and exchange during this day. You will expose/re-expose, discover/re-discover, light/re-light and connect/reconnect with, using breath as our guide and facilitator, assisted by our natural water immersion and natural movement, the way our DNA are used to moving!

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Helen Henderson

Dancing free in the Sea

This is an invitation to awaken to the kingdom that exists just below the surface of the sea. A world abundant with life, lush kelp forests, deep canyons, craggy cliffs and a myriad of wild creatures. One simple act of looking in, immersing ourselves in this magical world, opens up possibilities of new relationships and a different way of viewing the world. Sharpening our skills of attunement, through noticing and connecting to the wisdom of our bodies in the body of water. Daingean is evident everywhere, like the kelp that holds fast to the rock, but moves with the flow, adapting and dancing free in the sea.

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Liam Campbell

In Rivers We Trust

History on this island can be understood through the two concepts of Dúchas and Deoraiocht which are especially meaningful in relation to imperialism, especially the processes of displacement and dispossession in relation to the land and water.

This is a River Turas and Taiscéalaithe (pilgrimage, journey and expedition) to discover and rediscover what the ancient wisdom of our rivers teach us. Take a deep immersion in these elements – Sources & Springs/ Foinse; Confluences/ Cumar; Wells/ Tobar, in-between, Estuary/ Inbhear;  Sanctuary / Tearmann , uisce an focail, Tír dhúchais

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Lorcan McBride

Lines in the Sand

Moving over the land is an art, often learned in early years. This instinctual journey is one of encounter-  of the ancestral inhabitants in our landscape through innocent eyes. A process of observation, evidence-gathering and open inquiry, it will also examine obstacles to movement, like boundaries and borders, and open our mind’s eye to the memories and songs within the Turas– Journey. Repetitive behaviour leads to rights- how does moving over land lead to knowledge and genuine authority?

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Visitor Presentations & Dialogue/ Exchange at Lough Gartan, Co. Donegal

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Visitor Presentations & Dialogue/ Exchange at Lough Gartan, Co. Donegal

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Ceremonial Close and Depart

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