'Siamsa', pronounced 'shee-am-sah', comes from the Irish language.
The word itself expresses amusement, mirth, music, a friendly gathering. In a gaelic-speaking Ireland, in times gone by. It described an evening's impromptu entertainment when farming folk would ramble to a neighbour's cottage, to sit and talk a while, and listen to a storyteller or maybe join in a night of music, song and dance around a flagstone kitchen floor. Nowadays it would be a session in a pub!
'Tíre', pronounced 'tee-ra' means 'of or pertaining to the country both in a local as well as in a national sense.
Rev Fr Pat Ahern:
His first appointment was to a curacy in St. Johns parish, Tralee in 1957. During those early years he founded St. Johns Gregorian Choir which is still going strong and he produced two major Religious Pageants 'Massabielle', the story of Lourdes and 'Golgotha', a Passion Play.
A series created by Father Pat Ahern in Tralee and performed by Siamsóirí na Ríochta in 1968 evoked such a positive public response that he was encouraged to put an entire show together. This was the birth of Siamsa Tíre.
More about Father Pat: www.ittralee.ie/en/InformationAbout/InstituteandDepartments/ITTraleeHonoraryFellows/
Since those early days the company has performed their unique brand of Folk Theatre at venues all over Ireland North & South, in Britain, Germany, France, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Spain, Hungary, America, Canada and Australia.
As it says in the Bible somewhere: "Out of the strong came forth sweetness..."