Taking place in the heart of the Connemara Ghaeltacht in Spiddal, Éigse an Spidéil is an annual community festival established in the late 1970's to celebrate various aspects of the
Taking place in the heart of the Connemara Ghaeltacht in Spiddal, Éigse an Spidéil is an annual community festival established in the late 1970’s to celebrate various aspects of the local culture, including Traditional Music, Sean-nós Singing and Dancing, Poetry and the Arts.
The highlight of Éigse an Spidéil is the Cheolchoirm Mhór na hÉigse which traditionally happens on the Saturday evening of the festival. This years Cheolchoirm will commence at 8pm in Seanscoil Sailearna and will feature the wonderful accordion player Conor Connolly from Clarinbridge accompanied by Phádraig Ó Dubhghaill. In the second half a new song, Fad Saoil will be played for the first time. The composer Johnny Óg Connolly has put music to 12 poems with the poet Joe Steve Ó Neachtain. The newly established choir ‘Cór Óige Chois Fharraige’ will be singing along with the singer Bríd Treasa Ní Ghaothín. Aisling Ní Neachtain will be directing the choir with accompaniment from Johnny Óg Connolly, Pádraig Ó Dubhghaill and Luisne Ní Neachtain.
During Éigse, there will also be Sessions occurring in the local pubs each night. These sessions are marvellous free entertainment open for all to attend.
If you have any queries then please send an email to [email protected] or call +353 (0)91 553 124.
February 27 (Wednesday) 9:00 am - March 3 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Gannon’s Traditional Irish Music Shop, Main Street, Spiddal, Galway
The Éigse TeamPhone: +353 (0)91 553 146 or Email: [email protected] Deirdre Nic Chonaonaigh, Éigse an Spidéil, Coláiste Connacht, Spidéal, Co. Galway, Ireland
Founded in Galway back in 1985, Cúirt International Festival of Literature is a six day international literary event that takes place every year during April. It is one of the
Founded in Galway back in 1985, Cúirt International Festival of Literature is a six day international literary event that takes place every year during April. It is one of the oldest and most recognised literature festivals in Europe, celebrating this year its 34th year.
The festivals programme includes poetry and prose readings, discussion events, book signings and launches, spoken word, poetry slams, music, theatre and visual art exhibitions. In addition to the core programme, Cúirt features a growing youth programme that takes place in Galway Arts Centre in a conference format.
Over the years, Cúirt has hosted Nobel and Poet Laureates as well as prize winning authors from all over the world with previous guests including Seamus Heaney, Allen Ginsberg, John Banville, David Mitchell, Ian McEwan, Lorrie Moore, Amy Bloom, Margaret Atwood, Carol Ann Duffy, Billy Collins and many more.
The festival aims to celebrate and shine a spotlight on national and international literary talent, as well as promoting the written word in poetry and literary fiction, and more recently, in non-fiction and genre writing.
Tickets for all the Cúirt events are available from the Town Hall Theatre on +353 (0)91 569 777. Information on the festival events can also be obtained from the Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, on +353 (0)91 565 886 or you can email [email protected] with your queries.
8 (Monday) 9:00 am - 14 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Galway Arts Centre
Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, Galway, H91 X0AP, Ireland
The 10th Annual Clifden Traditional Music Festival will take place this year from the 11th to the 14th of April in Clifden, Connemara, Co. Galway. Festival highlights will include Trad Sessions in
The 10th Annual Clifden Traditional Music Festival will take place this year from the 11th to the 14th of April in Clifden, Connemara, Co. Galway.
Festival highlights will include Trad Sessions in the Pubs, Opening Concert, Outdoor Gig-rig on the Saturday night, Music and Singing Workshops, CD Launches, Street Entertainment, Youth Sessions and lots lots more.
The Festival kicks off on Thursday 11th April with a Seisiún na nÓg at 7pm in O’Malleys Bar in the Atlantic Hotel. On Friday the 12th of April in the morning, the Scoil Mhuire Marching Band will be performing on the town square commencing at 11.30am. In the evening, the Official Opening and Concert will occur in the Clifden Station House Theatre at 7pm and will feature a host of artists from all over Ireland.
Saturday will see Music Workshops in Fiddle, Button Accordion and Concertina being given by top class tutors. Both intermediate and advanced students will be catered for.
Also on Saturday, the Clifden Trad Fest 5K Run will leave from the town centre at 2.30pm. There will be Street Entertainment and music and song on the Gig Rig from 3pm and a Busking Competition will also take place from 1.30pm all around the town.
The 2019 Festival headline act will be “The Dartry Céilí Band” who will appear on the Gig Rig in the Market Square on Saturday night. They will be joined by a host of dancers and guest artists.
Among the many artists playing at this years festival will be Liz Gaughan (Fiddle) and Brendan Quinn (Flute) from Tipperary, Anthony Kavanagh (Banjo), George McAdam (Banjo) from Monaghan, Michael Curran (Tyrone) on accordion, Paul Clesham on Piano, Liz and Yvonne Kane (Fiddles), Cian Kearins (Flute), Niamh O’Sullivan (Concertina), Maura Walsh from Kerry on Concertina, Caoimhe Kearins on Fiddle from Sligo and many many more musicians.
Pub sessions will take place throughout the weekend with everyone most welcome to take part. These sessions are marvellous free entertainment open for all to attend.
For tickets, workshop details and fees, and full details of all events taking place over the festival weekend and their venues, please visit clifdentradfest.com, or follow on Facebook or Twitter for the latest details.
If you have any queries then please email them to [email protected] or call +353 (0)86 4015342.
11 (Thursday) 9:00 am - 14 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Various locations around Clifden