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Festival organisers have defended a controversial public dance piece, containing nudity and graphic sexual content, which was performed on Banna Strand last Saturday.

Dancers performed ‘Butterflies and Bones: The Casement Project’, which was said to draw inspiration from Roger Casement who landed with arms on Banna Strand ahead of the 1916 Rising.Butterflies and Bones: The Casement Project

‘Butterflies and Bones: The Casement Project’ was choreographed by Fearghus Ó Conchúir and was staged as part of Féile Fáilte, a family friendly day-long cultural event hosted at Banna last Saturday.

The piece was performed after 9.30pm and featured some nudity – which did not sit well with some of those in attendance, especially those with young families.

In a statement released on the matter, organisers of Féile Fáilte said there were many different kinds of families represented at the event across the day.

They said they appreciated the content  challenged a small number of the audience who were present for the later part of the night, but added the majority of feedback they received was overwhelmingly positive.

They said Roger Casement’s life was “a multi-layered story” and that content and words in the performance came from Casement himself.

Féile Fáilte thanked those who attended the performances on Saturday along with the Arts Council and Kerry County Council for their support.