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Shane MacGowan star attraction at festival of ceili culture

Musicians Shane MacGowan and Damien Dempsey were the star attractions at the first Ceili Culture festival that took place over the weekend.

The series of events -- aimed at celebrating the roots and future of Irish music, arts and culture -- took place in the Meeting House of Dublin's Temple Bar.

Among the performers were Irish band Kila and singer Paddy Casey, who appeared on Saturday.

Accordion player Sharon Shannon, meanwhile, was joined by Pogues lead singer MacGowan, soloist Dempsey and flute player Conor Byrne yesterday.

Organiser Paul Davis said the idea for a city-based festival with Irish music at its core had been brewing for several years.

There were also free, family-oriented workshops, offering crash courses in the bodhran, uileann pipes and flute.

"We want to create a platform for the Irish music that we love, that is accessible musically and in a reasonable price range," said Mr Davis.

Belfast Telegraph