On Saturday the 2nd of March at Halla Deuglan in Ardmore, Community Radio Youghal (CRY104FM) launched a new 3 part documentary series ‘The Pattern of St. Declan’ which will begin airing on the station on Sunday the 10th of March at 1pm. The series has been made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland under the Sound and Vision scheme.
This series of half-hour programmes will look at the history, tradition and buildings surrounding St. Declan of Ardmore. The series includes interviews and recordings from the present-day Ardmore Pattern Festival and involves the participation of members from the Pattern Festival Committee; local historians; and visitors and contributors to the Festival.
St. Declan is an early Irish saint who preceded the arrival of St. Patrick to Ireland and is credited with having converted the Déisi in the late fifth century following his arrival in Ardmore. Because of St. Declan, the village of Ardmore was a bishopric and city up until the late 12th century, at which time the See of the bishop was incorporated with Lismore.
In the past, thousands of people from near and far made the trip to Ardmore to observe St. Declan’s Pattern, which involved various devotional activities relating to St. Declan’s life. Since 2007, the Ardmore Pattern Festival has run a family fun festival aimed at reviving the traditional Pattern of Ardmore in a modern context.
The first episode will look at St. Declan’s early life and will involve recordings from the recreation of the fabled landing in Ardmore that takes place each year at the pageant that re-enacts his landing as part of the Festival on Pattern Day. The second episode will centre on a visit to the historical buildings that remain in Ardmore that were borne from St Declan’s time there. The buildings are some of the earliest in Ireland. Finally, the third episode will look at St Declan’s Way, which runs from Ardmore to Cashel and will focus on St Declan’s work away from Ardmore and his spreading of Christianity in Waterford.
Justin Maher, producer of the series, said: ‘We hope the series will be of great benefit and will entertain our listeners while allowing us to strengthen our link with the Pattern Festival, whose committee strive to sustain Ardmore’s heritage and traditions.’
‘Community Radio Youghal’s link with Ardmore dates back almost thirty years, with one of our first outside broadcasts having been made here in 1984. We are delighted to be able to make this programme exploring the life of St. Declan and allowing us to celebrate the tremendous amount of hard work done each year to preserve St. Declan’s legacy through the Ardmore Pattern Festival.’
The Pattern of St Declan airs from Sunday the 10th of March on Community Radio Youghal. You can listen in on 104FM in Youghal and the surrounding rural areas of East Cork and West Waterford or online at www.youghalradio.com This programme was made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.