Comórtas Hata Acla 2021

Stair / History

During the 19th century a top hat was left on a post at the pier in Polranny for Achill men to wear if they were going to Westport or Castlebar, in a bid to hide their poverty.

The men would do their business in town and leave the ‘hata’ back on the post at the pier when they were getting the boat back to the island. This competition is to honour that old Achill tradition. 

I rith an naoú haois déag bhí sé mar nós ag na daoine hata ard a fhágail ar phost ag an droichead i bPoll Raithní le haghaidh na daoine ó Acaill a bhí ag taisteal go dtí an baile mór.

Chaith siad an hata seo nuair a bhí siad ag imeacht ón oileán mar bhí siad ag iarraidh a mbochtannas a choimeád faoi rún. Nuair a bhí a ghnó déanta aige agus é ag filleadh abhaile, d’fhágadh an fear an “hata” ar an bpost arís. Eagraítear an Comórtas seo in onóir an traidisiún sin.

The Rules / Na Rialacha

Combination of Music Song & Dance preferable but not essential

Fee: Free to Enter from all over the world

Band participation only (min. 3 / max. 6 members)

Total performance of between 7 – 10 minutes

1st prize group will win a scholarship to Scoil Samhraidh Scoil Acla 2022 for each member and be featured during the 2021 Gala Concert to be held virtually on Friday 30th July. 2nd and 3rd place will be featured on Scoil Acla’s social media channels and will receive Scoil Acla Merchandise.

Videos are to be shot in Landscape mode.

Entrants who do not follow these rules will be disqualified.

Download the entry form below and include it with your video in an email to hataacla@gmail.com before 6pm on Friday 23rd July 2021

Buateoirí Hata Acla 2021 – 2021 Hata Acla Winners