Creative Places Uíbh Ráthaigh

As part of Creative Places Uíbh Ráthaigh- Micro Arts Fund, Caherdaniel NS were delighted to team up with local artists Jacqueline O’Driscoll and Cathy Bacon.

We began an immersive project that brought the captivating world of local Irish folklore to life. Stemming from discussions with our staff, this initiative engaged students in a hands-on exploration of cultural heritage regarding the tradition of the Biddy & Capall, as they created costumes and props inspired by traditional Irish stories.

Integrating elements of the Irish language, nature study, and local history, the project culminated in a vibrant photo shoot, parade and two days visiting local areas playing tunes and singing songs to mark St Brigid’s Day. This event showcased the students’ creative achievements to the wider community, celebrating Ireland’s rich traditions and folklore. A series of workshops were undertaken since term one, where the costumes, Brídeoige, head dresses and horses/capalls were made using mainly recycled and natural materials.

Dressing up for the Biddy on January 31st and welcoming the Spring with the Capall on February 1st is a well-established tradition in these parts which our pupils have always taken part in.

As well as sporting head-dresses made from foraged grasses and seed-heads, students made a new Biddy doll, a papier-mâché ‘capall’ mask, and several supporting capaill from re-purposed materials.