The 2019 Corofin Trad Fest will kick off at 8pm on the 27th February where the legendary flute player Christy Barry will receive this years Hall of Fame Award in Teach Ceoil. This event is
The 2019 Corofin Trad Fest will kick off at 8pm on the 27th February where the legendary flute player Christy Barry will receive this years Hall of Fame Award in Teach Ceoil. This event is free with all welcome. As well as the presentation Christy Barry and friends will be performing on the night.
Teach Ceoil, the focal point for the festival, is a converted cottage providing an intimate venue which allows only a maximum of 120 people to attend.
Over the festival there will be performances in Teach Ceoil by The Friel Sisters, Ronan O’Flaherty, Conor Connolly (TG4 Gradam Ceoil 2019 Young Musician Award Winner), Padraic O’Reilly, Tony O’Connell, Brid Harper, Cyril O’ Donoghue, Tommy Fitzharris, Donal McCague, The High Seas (Caitlín Nic Gabhann, Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, Cathal Ó Curráin), The Conifers (Conor O’Loughlin, Bryan O’Leary, Cathal Ó Curráín, Felix Morgenstern, Marty Barry). Full details of each evenings events can be found by visiting www.corofintradfest.com
As part of the festival there will be a series of Workshops/Masterclasses occurring on Saturday the 2nd of March. Prior competence in a student’s chosen instrument is expected. The cost per workshop will be €20. This years Tutors are: Accordion: Conor Connelly; Banjo: Cathal Ó Curran; Concertina: Caitlín Nic Gabhann; Flute: Anna Friel; Uilleann Pipes: Síle Friel.
On Sunday, the final day of the festival, there will be traditional sessions in all the bars.
With a track record of always having sell-out concerts since its inception, it is advisable whether you wish to attend a concert or participate in a workshop, to reserve your tickets/place early by emailing [email protected], calling +353 (0)86 264 7552 or by messaging the festivals Facebook Page.
February 27 (Wednesday) 8:00 pm - March 3 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Main Street, Corofin, Co.Clare, Ireland
The annual Ennis Book Club Festival was started in 2007 when a small group of local volunteers, in association with Clare County Library, identified the need for a new literary
The annual Ennis Book Club Festival was started in 2007 when a small group of local volunteers, in association with Clare County Library, identified the need for a new literary and social event to replace the demised Ennis October Arts Festival. Being members of a local Book Club, the wish was to create a literary event that focused primarily on readers and book lovers.
It has grown from strength to strength over the years and attracts a wide audience from all over Ireland, as well as overseas visitors, who gather to talk about and celebrate the books and literary topics they love.
As well as author readings and discussions, this festival offers quite a range of events, including debates on topical affairs, poetry readings, theatre, music, workshops and bookclub quizzes.
Tickets for all events can be booked at the glór box office or by calling +353 (0)65 684 3103.
To be certain of a place at the free events it is strongly suggested that you book tickets for them to be sure of a place or come early to avoid disappointment. This is particularly important regarding the children’s events where capacity is limited.
Pre-booked tickets can be collected at the relevant venue immediately prior to the event.
For full details of all the events at this years Ennis Book Club Festival, please visit ennisbookclubfestival.com or follow on Facebook or Twitter for the latest information. If you have any queries, then please either call +353 (0)87 972 3647 or send an email to [email protected].
1 (Friday) 8:00 pm - 3 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Ennis Book Club Festival
glór, Causeway Link, Cappahard, Ennis, Co. Clare, V95 VHP0, Ireland
This March will see the first Doolin Surf Festival, also known as Doolin Surfest kick off. This festival is a three day festival and is taking place on the weekend of the
This March will see the first Doolin Surf Festival, also known as Doolin Surfest kick off. This festival is a three day festival and is taking place on the weekend of the 22nd to the 24th of March. It is being hosted by Hotel Doolin. The festival is being run by people who love the sea, for people who love the sea.
Surfers of all crafts, film-makers, artists, writers, musicians — for those of us the ocean inspires, heals, humbles and exhilarates, this is a gathering that gives us a chance to celebrate and give thanks for being lucky enough to live and work and play in this extraordinary environment.
The festival will host a number of film screenings, guest speakers, art exhibitions, workshops, competitions, bands and DJs and the best of sustainable local food and hospitality.
The competitions include Wave of the Winter, Tonn Mór (biggest wave ridden), Ride of the Year, Wipeout of the Year and a short film competition.
The Doolin Surf Festival is certainly a weekend not to be missed!
Tickets for the weekend are from €59 per person. Please note that online booking fees apply. The event is suitable for all ages, with tickets being available from ticketweb.ie.
For full details of the programme of events taking place over the festival weekend please visit doolinfestivals.
22 (Friday) 9:00 am - 24 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Doolin, Co. Clare, Ireland
The Blossom Harp Festival Weekend, now in its fourth year, takes place in Tuamgraney, Co. Clare on Palm Sunday Weekend. This will be a most enjoyable weekend of dance and
The Blossom Harp Festival Weekend, now in its fourth year, takes place in Tuamgraney, Co. Clare on Palm Sunday Weekend. This will be a most enjoyable weekend of dance and music with something for the whole family. It will also have Harp, Fiddle, Concertina and Set Dancing Workshops.
As part of the weekend there will be a Harp-makers Exhibition, Sessions, a Concert, Ceilí and a Historical Musical walk.
The festival will be kick off with a Meet & Greet session in Nuala’s at 7.30pm on Friday evening followed by a Ceilí in the Bodyke GAA Clubhouse starting at 9.30pm with the Out the Gap Ceilí Band.
A series of Workshops will be held on Saturday with Registration taking place at 10am in the Parish House. The workshops and tutors will be for Harp: Laois Kelly, Fiana Ní Chonaill, Louise Marty; Fiddle: Manus Maguire; Concertina: Tim Collins and Set Dancing: Marie Mac Mahon. The venues for the Workshops will be given on the day.
The Festivals Gala Concert featuring the tutors will take place in St. Cronin’s Church commencing at 8pm.
Sunday the 14th will kick off with the Historical Musical Walk at 10.30am from Nuala’s pub. From mid-day until 5pm there will be the Harp exhibition at MacKernan Woollen Mill.
Also on Sunday there will also be a Harp Solo U18 (min. 3 years playing experience) competition and Harp Ensemble (min. of 3 and max. of 6 members) competition. The Competitions will be held in St. Cronan’s which is one of the oldest church’s in Ireland. If you would like to watch the competitions, then please come to St Cronan’s Church.
The festival will finish with a session at Nuala’s on Sunday night commencing at 7pm.
With good food available in the village, this will be the perfect place to start your Easter holidays in the lovely historic village of Tuamgraney, between the mountains and the lake!
For full details of the programme and to book a place on one of the workshops, please visit blossomharp.com, or follow on Facebook for the latest information. If you have any queries about the festival please send an email to [email protected].
12 (Friday) 7:30 pm - 14 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
St. Joseph's Church, Tuamgraney, Co. Clare, Ireland
Blossom Harp Festival[email protected]
Consairtín - The National Concertina Convention will commence on Thursday the 25th of April in Ennis, Co Clare. This is an annual gathering of concertina players and enthusiasts from all over
Consairtín – The National Concertina Convention will commence on Thursday the 25th of April in Ennis, Co Clare. This is an annual gathering of concertina players and enthusiasts from all over the country and further afield celebrating the music of the concertina.
Over the weekend there will be concerts, workshops, lectures, discussion sessions, instrument maintenance tutorials, a makers and menders EXPO and sessions.
There will also be a guided walking tour of Ennis on Friday starting at 4.30pm with the purpose of giving an insight into the history of the town and the many famous individuals associated with it. It will also cover Co. Clare’s unique contribution to the world of traditional Irish music.
Tutors this year will year include Mary MacNamara, Pádraig Rynne, Caitlín Nic Gabhann, Edel Fox, Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh, Ernestine Healy, Mairéad Corridan, Lorraine O’Brien, Caoilfhionn Ní Fhrighil, Francis Cunningham, Katie O’Sullivan, Liam O’Brien, Sorcha Curtin, Clara Mannion, Conor O’Loughlin, Sinéad Mulqueen, Jamie Strappe and many more.
Consairtín is a must attend gathering for anyone with an interest in the Concertina in traditional Irish music. For full details of the programme and online registration please visit consairtin.ie, or follow on Facebook or Twitter for the latest information. If you have any queries about the festival then please email them to [email protected] or call +353 (0)86 261 2127.
25 (Thursday) 2:00 pm - 28 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Various venues around Ennis
Kilfenora will stage its 11th annual Traditional Music Festival from the 26th through to the 29th of April this year. Having commenced in 2009 with the 100th anniversary of the Kilfenora Céilí
Kilfenora will stage its 11th annual Traditional Music Festival from the 26th through to the 29th of April this year. Having commenced in 2009 with the 100th anniversary of the Kilfenora Céilí Band, it has gone from strength to strength each year.
This years headline concert will feature the great Frankie Gavin and his Roaring Twenties Irish Orchestra, plus this year’s winner of the Meitheal prize for young musicians, Naoise Kettle. Tickets for the concert are €20 and available at Custy’s Music Shop in Ennis, or any of the pubs in Kilfenora – Linnanes, Nagles and Vaughans.
Throughout the festival there will be concerts and set-dancing in the home of Irish Céilí, and of course, the legendary Kilfenora Pub Sessions. The Singers’ night will be on Friday evening in Linnanes pub and will gather together some of the finest and most humorous singers and storytellers. This will be hosted by Noirin Lynch.
Also on Friday night, the Kilfenora Comhaltas branch will stage a Variety Concert in Kilfenora Hall. Entry will be €10 (pay on the door). This will feature some of the abundance of local talent, both young and old from the area.
There will also be a number of CD launches at various times over the weekend including, Josephine Marsh – “Music in the Frame”; Tommy Fitzharris and Dónal McCague – “The Bank of Turf”; Stevie Dunne – “Live at the Crosskeys” and Peter Casey “Out in the Day”.
Saturday afternoon will include 2 special free events. First, a ‘Riches of Clare’ event with some of North Clare’s talented musicians. Then, a tribute to the late Tommy Peoples – who was a former member of Kilfenora Céilí Band – by his daughter Siobhan, comprising a short talk followed by a fiddle session in Linnanes Pub.
The Star of Munster Céilí Band band leads the Saturday night céilí in Kilfenora Hall at 10pm and on Sunday it will be the turn of the Four Courts Céilí Band in Vaughans Barn at 9pm.
There will be a Trad for Teens workshop in Kilfenora Hall on Sunday following a mass with traditional music at St Fachanans Church. Bring an instrument if you are a teenager!
On Sunday afternoon at 3pm, the great Kilfenora Céilí Band will play for a free céilí in the Square – dancers and spectators welcome. They will be preceded by the Kilfenora Og Céilí Band.
Sessions in Kilfenora’s pubs will be occurring from Friday to Monday, with the cream of musicians from Clare and beyond. These are great free entertainment open to all to attend or partake in.
If you have any queries concerning the Festival, please send an email to [email protected].
26 (Friday) 9:00 am - 29 (Monday) 11:59 pm