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The International Literature Festival Dublin, which was formerly known as the Dublin Writers Festival, was founded in 1998 and is Ireland’s premier literary event. It gathers the finest writers in
The International Literature Festival Dublin, which was formerly known as the Dublin Writers Festival, was founded in 1998 and is Ireland’s premier literary event. It gathers the finest writers in the world to debate, provoke, delight and enthral. Described by the press as ‘boasting a stunning array of top international literary talent’ and ‘the country’s most successful and easily the best annual literary event’, the International Literature Festival Dublin’s line-up is sure to impress.
The festival attracts visitors from around the world annually. The festival is a destination for those who wish to celebrate the very best of Irish and international talent.
With readings, discussions, debates, workshops, performance and screenings, the festival creates a hotbed of ideas. Whether it’s the mix of poets, writers of fiction and non-fiction, lyricists, playwrights and screenwriters, International Literature Festival Dublin brings new faces and house-hold names together in ways that surprise and inspire.
Children’s fiction is well represented and one is spoilt for choice with the calibre of Irish language writers. Come celebrate many specially commissioned events in the City of Words.
International Literature Festival Dublin is a programme of the City Arts Office, part of the Culture, Recreation & Economic Services Department of Dublin City Council (Chief Executive Owen P. Keegan, Assistant Chief Executive Richard Shakespeare). The work of the Arts Office is made possible by the support of the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring and the members of Dublin City Council.
If you have any queries about the festival then please email them to [email protected] or call +353 (0)1 415 1295.
17 (Friday) 9:00 am - 26 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Various locations around Dublin
Templebar, Dublin, Ireland
International Literature Festival DublinInternational Literature Festival Dublin, GEC, Taylor's Lane, Dublin 8; E [email protected]; T +353 (0) 1 415 1295 City Arts Office, Dublin City Council, Dublin
The 2019 Fleadh Nua in Ennis promises to be an exciting festival, full to the brim with Concerts, Céilithe, Sessions, Street Entertainment, CD Launches, Recitals, Irish Language Classes, Set Dancing Competitions, Sean-Nós Dancing
The 2019 Fleadh Nua in Ennis promises to be an exciting festival, full to the brim with Concerts, Céilithe, Sessions, Street Entertainment, CD Launches, Recitals, Irish Language Classes, Set Dancing Competitions, Sean-Nós Dancing Competitions and Performances, Story Telling, Singing Sessions, Workshops and much more.
Since 1974, Fleadh Nua has been held annually in Ennis and has developed from a 3 day event to a festival spanning 8 days, with more than 120 separate events, many of them free of charge, where there is a welcome for everyone.
There will be more than 60 pub sessions happening during Fleadh Nua week. These sessions will be happening during the afternoon & night and are marvellous free entertainment open for all to attend.
There are many Irish traditional festivals organised throughout the summer months but there are few people who will dispute that Fleadh Nua which started in Dublin in 1970, is the forerunner of them all. The concept of bringing together concerts, céilithe, music, song and dancing workshops, street entertainment, and much more was innovative in its time. Today, it’s still a winning formula, as evidenced by the thousands of visitors who flock to the festival every May for a week of unsurpassed traditional entertainment.
While the town of Ennis has lost nothing of its warmth and welcome since Fleadh Nua was first held there in 1974, one thing that has definitely changed is the time it takes to get to the capital of Co. Clare. With the new motorway network connecting directly to the town, Dublin is now only 2½ hours away by car. There are also rail links to Ennis from Limerick, Cork, Galway, Dublin, Waterford and Tralee. Shannon International Airport has connections Ennis, operated by Bus Éireann and Citylink, connecting the town to all the major population centres in the country.
19 (Sunday) 9:00 am - 27 (Monday) 11:59 pm
Various venues around Ennis
Be prepared to get up and dance at the 2019 Galway Early Music Festival. There is an exciting programme full of dance music to listen to – but there will
Be prepared to get up and dance at the 2019 Galway Early Music Festival. There is an exciting programme full of dance music to listen to – but there will also be chances to learn medieval and renaissance dances from Bransles to Playford dances. And when you need a break from the bransles and jigs, relax and listen to beautiful vocal music. Some of the featured performers include Sharon Carty (mezzo soprano), The York Waits, and the Gregory Walkers.
The Festival, which runs annually in May, is Galway Early Music’s main event for the year. With concerts, workshops, talks, demonstrations, music on the streets and family events, the Festival fills the medieval streets and venues of Galway with music and colour.
An annual festival of medieval, renaissance & baroque music in Galway, the liveliest medieval city in Europe on the Wild Atlantic Way!
Tickets for the various events are booked through the Mick Lally Theatre, Druid Lane. You can book online using the event links, or by phone at +353 (0)91 568 660 Mon-Sat 10am to 5pm. You can also call in to the box office at the Mick Lally Theatre, Druid Lane, Galway, Mon to Sat, 10am to 5pm.
For the latest details and to check out and download the programme of events, please click the following link to visit the website Galway Early Music. You can also follow on Facebook or Twitter. If you have any queries then please email [email protected] or call +353 83 461 9039.
24 (Friday) 11:00 am - 26 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Various venues around Galway
Founded in 1970, the Listowel Writers’ Week is an internationally acclaimed literary festival devoted to bringing together writers and audiences at unique and innovative events in the historic and intimate
Founded in 1970, the Listowel Writers’ Week is an internationally acclaimed literary festival devoted to bringing together writers and audiences at unique and innovative events in the historic and intimate surroundings of Listowel, County Kerry.
Listowel Writers’ Week was founded in 1970. The annual event is located in Listowel in North Kerry which is the birthplace of many of Ireland’s most prominent writers past and present including Dr. John B. Keane, Dr. Bryan MacMahon, Professor Brendan Kennelly, George Fitzmaurice, Maurice Walsh and Robert Leslie Boland.
The festival runs for 5 days leading up to and including the June bank holiday weekend with a programme of literary events that covers all genres. A key element of the festival is the Creative Writing Workshop Programme, a concept that was first introduced at Writers’ Week in 1971 by Bryan MacMahon. Since then the literary workshops continue to be the most popular in the country, enabling writers at all stages of their careers to develop and enhance their creative and business skills. These workshops quickly fill up, so for those interested you will need to book as soon as you can.
As well as the Workshops there is a busy programme of readings, lectures, forums, tours, book launches, theatre, art exhibitions, music and dance. So therefore, there is bound to be something there for you to enjoy.
For the latest up to date information about the festival and to book tickets for the any of the events or workshops, please visit writersweek.ie. You can also 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)68 21074.
May 29 (Wednesday) 8:00 pm - June 2 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
24 The Square, Listowel, Co Kerry, Ireland V31 RD93
Listowel Writers’ WeekTel: +353 (0)68 21074; Email: [email protected] 24 The Square, Listowel, Co Kerry, Ireland V31 RD93
This years Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival takes place in the town where the world’s greatest Guitarist was born – Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, Ireland between Thursday 30th May and Sunday
This years Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival takes place in the town where the world’s greatest Guitarist was born – Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, Ireland between Thursday 30th May and Sunday 2nd June 2019.
Rory Gallagher, was born at the appropriately named Rock Hospital in Ballyshannon in 1948 and since 2002 the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival has celebrated the Music & Life of Rory Gallagher in Ballyshannon, with over 10,000 fans from over 25 different countries now attending the Festival annually in Ballyshannon from all over the world.
This unique Irish Festival of the Year winner features non-stop Free to view open air concerts on the streets of the town, the Free to view Wild Atlantic Way gigs at the Rory Gallagher Statue, Free Pub Gigs – Day and Night, Busking, the Nightly Big Top Festival Concerts (only ticketed events), Exhibitions, Films, Discussions on Rory and the History of Irish Rock Music, Festival Camping and a great atmosphere of music fans that have travelled from over 25 countries worldwide.
The Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival is an event that needs to be experienced. There is a fantastic line-up of Blues Rock, Rock and Classic Rock, Blues and Acoustic Guitar performers and bands. All details on Accommodation, Big Top Concerts Tickets, Travel, Festival Camper Van Parking, Festival Camping, the Bundoran Shuttle Bus Timetables are available by checking the Festival website at rorygallagherfestival.com. You can also follow on Facebook or Twitter for the very latest festival information.
If you have any queries concerning the festival then please email them to [email protected].
May 30 (Thursday) 9:00 am - June 2 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Rory Gallagher Tribute Festival Committee[email protected] Rory Gallagher Festival Office, East Port, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, Ireland
The Belfast Craft Beer Festival returns with Belfast's largest celebration of Irish craft brewing with brewers coming from as far away as Portland Maine, USA & Manchester! Of course there
The Belfast Craft Beer Festival returns with Belfast’s largest celebration of Irish craft brewing with brewers coming from as far away as Portland Maine, USA & Manchester! Of course there is loads of yummy hot food, great live music & DJ’s daily. In addition to the 100+ craft beers, ciders, fabulous gin cocktails there’s lots to keep you entertained; games of ping-pong, over-size Jenga, bean-bag toss and more! Sample some of Tayto’s fabulous crisps or treat yourself to a haircut or shave from the Hairbus!
The Festival is open from 4pm – 11pm Friday and from 1pm – 11pm Saturday.
The festival will be showcasing some fantastic craft beers and ciders from Ireland’s Independent Brewers alongside some craft beers from further afield. The impressive list of Craft Brewers and Cider makers attending includes Craigies Irish Cider, Falling Apple Irish Cider, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Hillstown Brewery, Kinnegar, Larkin’s Brewing Co, Long Meadow Cider, Lough Gill Brewing Co, MacIvors Cider Co, Manchester Marble Brewery, Mason’s Brewing Co, O’Hara’s, The Wild Beer Co, Toby’s Handcrafted Cider, Trouble Brewing and more.
In the Gin Garden you will be able to sample a range of Gins from The Boatyard Distillery, Dingle Distillery, Glendalough Distillery and Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin.
A Craft Beer Festival would be incomplete without some delicious food. So on the food front some of the areas favourite food producers are on board including Bella Pizza, Street Dogs, Wolf & Devour and Mexican Street Kitchen.
May 31 (Friday) 4:00 pm - June 1 (Saturday) 11:00 pm
Custom House Square
Custom House Square Belfast, Belfast, BT1 3ET
The 35th Goldsmith International Literary Festival takes place this year. It is the third longest running festival of its type in Ireland and takes place over the June Bank Holiday.
The 35th Goldsmith International Literary Festival takes place this year. It is the third longest running festival of its type in Ireland and takes place over the June Bank Holiday. The festival was founded to celebrate the literary genius of Oliver Goldsmith and to promote Goldsmith Country as tourist attraction. Over the years it has explored many aspects of Goldsmith’s life, society, and writings. A huge variety of renowned critics, politicians, poets, commentators and academics have stimulated audiences over that time.
A full programme of events is in store throughout Goldsmith Country, including readings, talks, competitions and music. The Theme for this years Goldsmith International Literary Festival is…
“Ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no fibs”
Tony Lumpkin – “She Stoops to Conquer” 1773
The festival will be officially opened by Tom McGuire head of RTÉ Radio 1 at 8.30pm in the Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule on Friday. Willie Kealy, former deputy editor of the Sunday Independent will give a talk on the night entitled “The Decline of Print and the Future of Good Journalism”, which will be followed by musical entertainment.
Saturday’s events will begin at 11am with a series of interesting talks, in Ballymahon Library including “Press Freedom or a Free Press” and “The Digital Onslaught – What Future for Print Journalism” followed by a dramatised performance of excerpts from “She Stoops to Conquer” performed by members of the Bog Lane Theatre on the site of George Conways Pub, adjacent to the Ballymahon Community Library at 5pm. The annual Oliver Goldsmith Literary Tour will commence at 5.30pm, then rounding off saturday’s events commencing at 8.30pm in the Three Jolly Pigeons pub, there will be a traditional/folk music and ballad seisiún with P.J Shanagher.
On Sunday, the Goldsmith Miscellany in the Goldsmith Room in Ballymahon Library will feature a number of short talks, with musical interludes from Claire Sheerin, Donie Keyes and Padraig Campbell.
The final event of the festival are the poetry readings by the winning entrants of the Goldsmith Poetry competitions, which will round off the Goldsmith International Literary Festival. This will take place at 3:30pm at Oliver Goldsmith’s birthplace in Pallas.
To check out the festival’s programme and for ticket information please visit the Festival website at olivergoldsmithfestival.com. You can also follow on Facebook or Twitter for the very latest information.
May 31 (Friday) 8:15 pm - June 2 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Various locations in the Ballymahon area
Ballymahon Community Library, Ballymahon, Co. Longford
Goldsmith International Literary Festival CommitteeEmail: [email protected]
The Michael Dwyer Festival is an annual traditional music festival organised in honour of the late Michael Dwyer, a renowned tin whistle and fiddle player from Ardgroom, Beara, Co. Cork. This
The Michael Dwyer Festival is an annual traditional music festival organised in honour of the late Michael Dwyer, a renowned tin whistle and fiddle player from Ardgroom, Beara, Co. Cork.
This year marks the 21st year of the festival, and the 22nd anniversary of Michael Dwyer’s death. An exciting programme of traditional music sessions and intimate performances has been organised for the weekend at various venues throughout the village.
The Festival commences on Friday evening at 6pm with an Art Exhibition by Linda Loughnane in the Allihies Mine Museum. This will be followed by Seán Wholihan’s CD Launch at 7pm.
Music will commence at 8.00pm in O’Neills with Seán Wholihan & Liam Sherry. Then at 10pm it will be the turn of The Ceili Allstars & Sister Bernadette at The Light House Bar. There will also be an Open Session starting at 9pm in Jimmy’s.
Saturday sees a full programme of events starting with a series of Workshops. The workshops and tutors will be for Mandolin/Banjo: Seán Wholihan; Singing: Caitlín Ni Lórdaín; Fiddle: Eoin O’Sullivan; Whistle: Mary Donegan. These will be followed by a Tin Whistle Competition in the Hostel at 1.30pm.
Between 12pm and 4pm there will be an Art Exhibition by Bill Griffin in North Allihies.
A lunch time session with Reel Women will commence at 3pm in the Lehanmore Community Centre. This will be followed at 3.30pm by a ‘Dance performance’ at Jimmy’s.
John Dwyer and Leah Murphy & friends will be performing in O’Neill’s starting at 4pm and at 5.30pm it will be the turn of the Cork Singers Club at Jimmy’s.
A celebratory concert in honour of Michael Dwyer will take place at Allihies Copper Mine Museum featuring Paddy Keenan & Alan Burke, John Dwyer & Leah Murphy, Richard Dwyer, Richard Lucey & Mary Donegan starting at 8pm.
At 9pm the Murphy’s Men will be playing in Lighthouse Bar and at O’Neill’s, Finbar Condon, Hughie Kennedy, Conor O’Sullivan will be in session. Paddy Keenan & Alan Burke will be in session in Jimmy’s at 10.30pm.
Sunday will start with a lunchtime concert at 1pm in the Hostel featuring Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly. Later on in the day at 4pm Richie Dwyer & Richard Lucey will be in session at Jimmy’s. Early evening will see a ‘Local Session’ in O’Neill’s at 6pm. Then at 9pm there will be Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly in session in Jimmy’s and at the Lighthouse Bar Johnny Ahern, Con Ryan & Iain MacClean will be performing.
For the latest details of all events and workshops, please visit the festivals Facebook page or the website MichaelDwyer.ie. If you have any queries about the festival, then please send an email to [email protected].
Michael Dwyer Festival Committee[email protected] Michael Dwyer Festival Committee, Allihies, Co. Cork
The Belfast Book Festival which is run by the Crescent Arts Centre, is Northern Ireland’s leading literary festival. This year the Festival will run be running from the 7th until
The Belfast Book Festival which is run by the Crescent Arts Centre, is Northern Ireland’s leading literary festival. This year the Festival will run be running from the 7th until the 16th June.
This year’s line-up is a unique, diverse and highly creative programme that caters from a wide range of interests and explores many topical themes.
Each year the festival’s programme features well-known authors, comedians and journalists, and there is something for all tastes and interests! For the past 8 years, the festival has grown from strength to strength and each year it delivers a jam-packed and diverse programme of events.
The Belfast Book Festival is more than just events. There is also a whole host of creative workshops on offer, led by some of the authors and poets who are taking part in the Festival. Join them as they share their knowledge, wisdom and know-how. All workshops are suitable for everyone and anyone with a writing itch to scratch.
This year the workshops include Writing The Prose Poem, Novel Writing for Beginners, Write to Awaken, Sentence & Story Structure, Writing for Wellness Workshop, Reading as a Writer, Write to Mental Health and Writing Reviews.
To check out the festival’s programme, to book a place at an event or workshop and for all the latest festival information and details, please check out the Festival website at belfastbookfestival.com. You can also follow on Facebook or Twitter for the very latest information.
If you have any queries then please email them to [email protected] or call +44 (0)28 9024 2338.
7 (Friday) 9:00 am - 16 (Sunday) 11:59 am
Crescent Arts Centre
2-4 University Road, Belfast, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland BT7 1NH
The Borris House Festival of Writing & Ideas takes place over the weekend of the 7th to 9th of June this year and promises a weekend of stimulating dialogue and
The Borris House Festival of Writing & Ideas takes place over the weekend of the 7th to 9th of June this year and promises a weekend of stimulating dialogue and discourse, gathering together intriguing minds from all over the world.Many are writers; but artists, film-makers, musicians, people who have experienced the extraordinary, or indeed people who simply wish to change the way we do things, are there too. The festival is a relatively low key affair, with a casual, friendly atmosphere.
Prize-winning novelists, poet laureates, genre-changing musicians, mind-expanding academics, journalists from far reaches of the globe, but also artists, film-makers, political commentators, musicians, architects – and regular people who have experienced the extraordinary – grace the stages across the weekend.
The Borris House Festival of Writing & Ideas has become known for its laid back, friendly atmosphere, and for its extraordinary line-up of speakers. It takes place each year in the magnificent surroundings of Borris House, the seat of the High Kings of Leinster, situated at the foot of the Blackstairs Mountains with the River Barrow meandering by. Spilling out into the pubs and halls of this idyllic village, the festival is a place that the curious find inspiring.
This year will see over 65 speakers participating in 50 events over the first weekend in June.
For all the latest festival information and details, please check out the Festival website at festivalofwritingandideas.com. You can also follow on Facebook or Twitter for the very latest information.
SeaFest, Ireland’s largest free family-friendly maritime celebration, with over 100 events takes place this year from 7 – 9 June. An estimated 100,000 visitors are expected at the Port of
SeaFest, Ireland’s largest free family-friendly maritime celebration, with over 100 events takes place this year from 7 – 9 June. An estimated 100,000 visitors are expected at the Port of Cork in Cork City for the festival.
The festival, which acknowledges everything the ocean has to offer, will be a culmination of a weeklong celebration of Ireland’s rich maritime heritage, as the annual Cork Harbour Festival runs from 1 – 9 June.
SeaFest highlights include Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) and Bord Bia free cookery demonstrations from esteemed chefs Rory O’Connell (Ballymaloe Cookery School), Martin Shanahan (Fishy Fishy Restaurant) and Neven Maguire (MacNean House & Restaurant), along with demos from fishmongers, Pat O’Connell and Hal Dawson.
As well as the cookery demonstrations, there will be free sailing, kayaking, currach and dragon boat trips on the water, with Irish Sailing, Atlantic Sea Kayaking and Meitheal Mara. Tours of the Marine Institute’s research vessel RV Celtic Explorer and the Commissioner of Irish Lights’ ILV Granuaile take place across the weekend. The Defence Forces will provide an equipment and capabilities display.
There will be fun and free activities in the dedicated Kids Zone, along with touch tank displays as part of the Marine Institute’s Explorers Education Programme. This is the first year for BIM’s interactive aquaculture remote classroom (ARC) at SeaFest, with virtual reality headsets for wearers to experience mussel beds up close. Music Generation Cork City will also be performing on the music stage throughout the event.
7 (Friday) 9:00 am - 9 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Port of Cork
Port of Cork, Cork City, Ireland
Seafest - Cork City CouncilEmail: [email protected]; Tel: +353 (0)21 492 4344 Cork City Council, City Hall, Anglesea Street, Cork, T12 T997
The Bushmills Salmon & Whiskey Festival, celebrates local heritage and the fine produce in the area. It returns this year on Friday 7th of June with the Bushmills Banquet, then
The Bushmills Salmon & Whiskey Festival, celebrates local heritage and the fine produce in the area. It returns this year on Friday 7th of June with the Bushmills Banquet, then continues on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June with two days of fantastic entertainment and activities spread across Bushmills Main Street, Milliennium Park, Bushmills Distillery and The Salmon Fisheries.
The Bushmills Banquet is back by popular demand. This is a very special gourmet evening celebrating Bushmills Irish Whiskey and festival themed dishes from local participating restaurants and artisan food producers, showcasing the very best of Bushmills hospitality. Tickets are on sale from Wednesday 1st May 2019 and are available from Tartine at Distillers Arms and The French Rooms. Details available on the Bushmills Banquet Facebook page.
On Saturday our celebrity chef Ian Orr (Chef Patron of Browns Bonds Hill Group) will whet our appetites and enthuse us with his inventive and creative flair. His inspiration for his menus comes from researching new ingredients and new techniques focusing on the use of mouth-watering local produce.
There will be a Bake Off competition on Sunday so why not enter? There are different categories for all ages/skill levels and even a professional category for all those experienced pastry chefs. Bake your entries at home and bring them along to the ‘Festival Marquee’ at the riverside car park by midday on the 8th June. Prizes and certificates will be presented to all winners. Judging will be by Celebrity Chef IAN ORR.
If you would like to enter then entry forms can be picked up either at the Tartine Restaurant or at the Bushmills Post Office. Alternatively you can download your entry form here.
Main Street will be closed to traffic on Saturday & Sunday allowing Naturally North Coast & Glens market to provide stalls incorporating local products and food produce from local businesses, creating a vibrant and friendly atmosphere. You will be able browse the market stalls including arts and crafts stands while listening to free live music.
Bushmills Distillery will be offering free whiskey tasting throughout Saturday & Sunday at the Distillery.
The Salmon Fisheries are open on Saturday and Sunday. This year is the International Year of the Salmon and the Fisheries will provide educational activities, complimented by informative stands and interactive activities such as angling simulators or fly tying demonstrations.
Come along to the Bushmills Salmon & Whiskey Festival for the weekend, bring the family, try some new food, see some new sights and have a wonderful foodie experience!
To find out more about Bushmills Salmon & Whiskey Festival check out the website at www.visitcausewaycoastandglens.com or call Bushmills Visitor Information Centre on +44 (0)28 2073 0390.
7 (Friday) 11:00 am - 9 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Causeway Coast and Glens EventsEmail: [email protected] or Tel: +44 (0)28 2073 0390 Bushmills Visitor Information Centre, Main Street, Bushmills, Co. Antrim BT57 8QA, Northern Ireland
Bloomsday celebrates Thursday 16 June 1904, the day depicted in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. The day is named after Leopold Bloom, the central character in Ulysses. The novel follows the life
Bloomsday celebrates Thursday 16 June 1904, the day depicted in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. The day is named after Leopold Bloom, the central character in Ulysses. The novel follows the life and thoughts of Leopold Bloom and a host of other characters – real and fictional – from 8am on 16 June 1904 through to the early hours of the following morning.
Celebrations include dressing up like characters from the book and in clothes that would have been the style of the era. One of the hallmark fancy dress items of Bloomsday is the straw boater hat. Celebrations come in many different forms like readings, performances and visiting the places and establishments referenced in the book. Traditional Bloomsday must-sees are the James Joyce Martello Tower in Sandycove, Sweny’s Chemist on Lincoln Place, Glasnevin Cemetery and Davy Byrne’s Pub on Duke Street. Events throughout the festival range from lectures, readings, workshops and walking tours to Bloomsday Breakfasts, theatre, music and pub crawls.
The James Joyce Centre has been the organiser of the Bloomsday Festival since 1994. The Centre is open year-round as a museum and cultural centre and provides exhibitions, courses, lectures and literary walking tours of Dublin. The Bloomsday Festival is organised by the the James Joyce Centre. The Centre aims to promote all community celebrations of Bloomsday in Dublin.
If you have any queries concerning the festival then please email them to [email protected] or call +353 (0)1 878 8547.
11 (Tuesday) 9:00 am - 16 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
The James Joyce Centre
35 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1, Ireland
The James Joyce CentreEmail: [email protected]; Tel: +353 (0)1 878 8547 35 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1, Ireland
Immrama is held in Lismore, Co. Waterford, Ireland, on a weekend in June each year since 2003. Immrama has been dedicated to the art of Travel Writing, Good Music and Fine
Immrama is held in Lismore, Co. Waterford, Ireland, on a weekend in June each year since 2003. Immrama has been dedicated to the art of Travel Writing, Good Music and Fine Entertainment since its inception. ‘Immrama’ is an early Irish word for a ‘voyage tale’ and takes place from June 12th to 16th. Over the centuries many people have made journeys to and from Lismore and it is hoped that you will enjoy your lmmram in Lismore.
This truly unique event investigates the intricacies of travel writing and its associated literature. Local and international writers take part with readings, workshops, exhibitions and film helping to explore the elements of the travel genre. This year will see presentations from Dr. Robyn Rowland, Lerato Mogoatlhe, Donald Brady, Charlie Piggott, Neil Oliver, Sarah Outen and Rosita Boland.
Amongst the fringe events will be the launch of Castle Arts 2019 catalogue in Lismore Castle on the 15th at 2pm and a Farmers Market on the 16th.
If you have any queries then please email [email protected] or call +353 (0)58 53803.
12 (Wednesday) 8:00 pm - 16 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Lismore Heritage Centre, Lismore, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Immrama Festival CommitteeJan Rotte: +353 (0)58 53803; E-mail: [email protected]
The Dalkey Book Festival takes place every year in June. It was set up by Sian Smyth and David McWilliams in 2010. Since then the festival has hosted internationally renowned
The Dalkey Book Festival takes place every year in June. It was set up by Sian Smyth and David McWilliams in 2010. Since then the festival has hosted internationally renowned writers, including Booker Prize winners, a Nobel Laureate, Impac winners, Oscar winners and Costa winners.
With its rich literary heritage, Dalkey is the perfect spot for a literary festival of books and ideas. It was the birthplace of George Bernard Shaw, schoolhouse of James Joyce and playground to Samuel Beckett and Flann O’Brien, Dalkey is also home to the likes of Joseph O’Connor, Neil Jordan and Jim Sheridan.
The charm of the Dalkey Book Festival is undoubtedly the intimate nature of the numerous events, which take place in pubs, cafes, shops, schools and the local town hall as well as the medieval graveyard, the secret garden marquee and the Masonic Lodge. Dalkey is the kind of place where you will casually bump into some of the world’s greatest writers, in the parks, pubs and cafes of this compact town.
Dalkey is approximately half an hour’s drive from the centre of Dublin and is on the DART train line with all festival venues within a five minutes walk from the DART.
For full details of all the events and to book tickets please visit the Dalkey Book Festival website at dalkeybookfestival.org. You can also follow on Facebook or Twitter for the very latest information. If you have any queries then please email [email protected].
13 (Thursday) 9:00 am - 16 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Various venues around Dalkey
Dalkey, Co. Dublin
Dalkey Book Festival CommitteeEmail: [email protected]
Taste of Dublin, Ireland’s premier food and drinks festival, will return to the stunning Iveagh Gardens from 13-16 June. Over four indulgent days the city’s latest, greatest and hottest restaurants
Taste of Dublin, Ireland’s premier food and drinks festival, will return to the stunning Iveagh Gardens from 13-16 June. Over four indulgent days the city’s latest, greatest and hottest restaurants will each fashion together exquisite signature dishes, allowing visitors to create their dream tasting menu at the ultimate foodie festival.
Taste of Dublin has an afternoon and an evening session, each lasting between 4-5 hours (depending on the day) giving you time to enjoy your pick of restaurant dishes, browse the artisan stalls and enjoy some of the many attractions. Tickets are sold for each session and are only valid for the time and date indicated on the ticket.
You will be able to sample signature small-plate dishes from over 20 of Dublin’s latest, greatest and most exciting restaurants and see world-class chefs cook up a storm in live demonstrations and in their restaurants at the festival.
Visitors will be able to indulge in a range of complimentary activities including cooking masterclasses, food and wine pairings, and whiskey and craft beer tastings. Visitors will also be able to sample boutique food markets where a mouth-watering array of more than 60 food and drink purveyors, artisan producers and manufacturers will be offering exclusive and unique products.
For full details of all the events and to book tickets please visit the Taste of Dublin website at dublin.tastefestivals.com. You can also follow on Facebook or Twitter for the very latest information.
If you have any enquiries about the festival, please email them to [email protected] or call +353 (0)1 497 2020.
13 (Thursday) 11:00 am - 16 (Sunday) 11:59 am
Clonmel Street, (off Harcourt Street), Dublin
Taking inspiration from the great festivals of the 70’s and 80’s such as Lisdoonvarna down the road and from the deep musical roots of the county, The Doolin Folk &
Taking inspiration from the great festivals of the 70’s and 80’s such as Lisdoonvarna down the road and from the deep musical roots of the county, The Doolin Folk & Traditional Music Festival presents powerful music in an intimate setting and ensures that audiences and musicians can feel at one and just enjoy the communal spirit of such festivals.
This year sees the Seventh annual Doolin Folk & Traditional Music Festival taking place from the 14th until the 16th of June in the Hotel Doolin Events Barn & Gardens. This Festival has established itself as a firm favourite on the summer festival calendar, Doolin is acclaimed for the diversity of its music programme and is filling a niche on the festival scene. Out here on the edge of the country, musicians and audiences are re-connecting and experiencing the unbroken but ever changing nature of our rich and nourishing music.
Appearing at the Festival this year on the Main Stage will be: Hudson Taylor, Clannad, Tamikrest, Maria Doyle Kennedy, The Lost Brothers, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Máirtín O’Connor Trio, Julie Fowlis & Zoë Conway, Yvonne Casey, Daoirí Farrell, Noel Hill, Steo Wall, Rachel Sermani, John Sheahan & Michael Howard, Notify, Emma Langford, Murphy Beds, Dublin Blues Cartel, Anna Mieke, The Davies Brothers. Special Guests The Stacks, DJ Will Softly, John Cummins, MXSE and Dora Gola.
The Whitehorse Sessions Stage will feature: King Kong Company, The Eskies, Kneecap, Clare Sands, The Mud Bubble, Shakalak, Bone Machine, Cry Monster Cry, Serious Mischief, Vickers Vimy, Billow Wood, The Diviners, The Mad Horn Céilí Band, Moes Anthill, Padraig Jack, The Burma, Big Chimney Barn Dance, Clare O’Riordan, Matt Owens, Little Oak, Daniel Maher & Band and Greenshine.
Festival regulars will be familiar with the wonderful family-friendly setting with the usual mix of great day-time events and laid-back hay-bale seating between gigs in Hotel Doolin’s sunny courtyard setting. The Doolin Folk & Traditional Music Festival draws audiences from far and wide every year with its eclectic programme of music. Tickets for the festival may be booked by clicking on Festival Tickets.
For full details and further information about the festival, please visit doolinfestivals.ie, or follow on Facebook or Twitter for the latest details. If you have any queries concerning the festival then please email your queries to doolinfestivals.
14 (Friday) 2:00 pm - 16 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Doolin, Co. Clare, Ireland
The Jim Dowling Uilleann Pipe and Trad Festival takes place in Glengarriff every year around the 3rd week in June with this years festival running from Thursday 20th to the
The Jim Dowling Uilleann Pipe and Trad Festival takes place in Glengarriff every year around the 3rd week in June with this years festival running from Thursday 20th to the 23rd June.
This year will see the 8th running of the festival which has grown from its humble beginnings in 2012 to what is is today, one of the finest line-ups of traditional Irish musicians you will find at any festival around the country. Taking place in the pubs, hotels and restaurants around the village of Glengarriff, you will never have to far to travel to get to the music, whether it is one of the bigger concerts or the more informal Piping For A Pint Session Trail that takes place throughout the weekend. There are also special events and workshops that also take place around the village, so something for everyone.
The festival will commence on Thursday night with Connla in concert. Troda will be on stage on Friday night and then on Saturday it will be the turn of the Vallely Bros, Tom Oakes, Ross Couper & Lorne Macdougal to be in concert.
With ticket numbers for the concerts being limited, it is advisable to book online by clicking Tickets if you wish to attend any of them.
If you’re thirsting for some great trad music, then the Piping For A Pint Session Trail is the place for you. The Sessions were a big hit last year and 2019 promises to be even bigger and better with some great acts, including Ronán Ó Snodaigh, Liam O’Connor, Sean McKeon, Tom Oakes, Ross Couper, Cór Chúil Aodha, Emer and Tadge Twomey, Patrick O’Hare and TRODA.
For those interested, there will also be Uilleann Pipe, Fiddle, Accordion, Bodhrán and Reed Making Workshops occurring during the festival. To book a place on one of the Workshops please click Book Workshop Place.
This is a festival not to be missed. You can find out the latest details by visiting the website at jimdowlingfestival.ie or by visiting Facebook or Twitter. If you have any queries then please email them to [email protected] or call +353 (0)87 759 5931.
20 (Thursday) 9:00 am - 23 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Various locations around Glengarriff
Glengarriff, West Cork
This June will see the 5th Annual Dublin Writers’ Conference occur. The conference will help you to improve your writing craft, publish successfully, and plan the marketing necessary for any author to
This June will see the 5th Annual Dublin Writers’ Conference occur. The conference will help you to improve your writing craft, publish successfully, and plan the marketing necessary for any author to achieve success whether traditionally published or self-published. This 3 day conference focuses on writing craft, book marketing and getting our stories onto the screen.
Speakers at the Dublin Writers’ Conference are renowned, highly-experienced, published authors, and world class experts in writing craft and online marketing, specifically for authors. This conference provides practical support, valuable training and an opportunity to meet and get to know fellow writers in one of the world’s great literary cities.
The marketing sessions for writers will show you how you can find readers in a rapidly changing world. The writing craft sessions will help you broaden your writing skills. The pitch sessions could help you to sell your story to a publisher, to Hollywood or to readers. Come for just the Saturday sessions or join us on each of the three days. Anyone who books to attend is also welcome to come to the opening session on Friday evening, where we will introduce the instructors and welcome you.
The venue for the Conference is the Academy Plaza Hotel, which is located just off O’Connell Street and in the heart of Dublin’s city centre. To see the full line up for this years Dublin Writers’ Conference and book tickets, please follow the link thedublinwritersconference.com.
If you have any queries then please email them to [email protected] or call +353 (0)86 836 9254.
21 (Friday) 9:00 am - 23 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Academy Plaza Hotel
10-14 Findlater Place, off Upper O'Connell Street, Dublin 1, D01 X2X0, Ireland
Advanced Social Media ServicesEmail: [email protected] 5 Dame Lane, Dublin 2, Ireland
The Craiceann Bodhrán Summerschool was launched in 2001, and has continued each year since then with over 1,000 students from 20 countries enjoying the Craiceann experience. The Bodhrán Summerschool is arranged
The Craiceann Bodhrán Summerschool was launched in 2001, and has continued each year since then with over 1,000 students from 20 countries enjoying the Craiceann experience.
The Bodhrán Summerschool is arranged around a series of classes given by some of the world’s best bodhrán players and teachers. It also includes special workshops relating to the instrument itself, and traditional Irish music in general.
Every evening, music sessions are held in the island’s pubs, and students are welcome to bring their drum and join in.
On two evenings (normally Tuesday and Wednesday), concerts are performed by top-class bands. For this year, the first concert will feature The Conifers. The band came together whilst studying traditional music at the University of Limerick. Their repertoire is rooted in the regions of Clare, Sliabh Luachra and Donegal. Whilst the other concert will feature one of the up and coming bands in Ireland, TRODA. This exciting trio of musicians, Kevin Meehan, Jack Warnock, Eamonn Nugent, hail from Derry, Dublin and Glasgow respectively and mix the best of both the Irish and Scottish Music scenes.
For more information concerning the Summerschool, or to secure a place, please visit the website at craiceann.com.
24 (Monday) 9:00 am - 29 (Saturday) 2:00 pm
Aran Islands, Co. Galway
The Organising Teamhttp://www.craiceann.com/contact/
24jun(jun 24)9:00 am05jul(jul 5)11:59 pmBlas International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance 2019Irish World Academy of Music and DanceType:Traditional Music Summer SchoolCounty:Limerick
Blas has firmly established itself as one of Ireland’s most prestigious university accredited summer schools, drawing students from all over the world to spend two weeks gaining access to the
Blas has firmly established itself as one of Ireland’s most prestigious university accredited summer schools, drawing students from all over the world to spend two weeks gaining access to the expertise of some of Ireland’s finest artists. In addition to expert tuition and master classes, Blas students can expect a whole range of activities including lectures on Irish traditional music and dance topics, Irish language classes, lunchtime and evening concerts, sessions, céilithe, field-trips and above all, the unique opportunity to share tunes with some of Ireland’s leading traditional musicians.
Blas attracts musicians, singers and dancers (over the age of 16) who are already familiar with Irish traditions such as Irish Traditional music, song and dance and the Irish language. It acts as a means for preservation, promotion and development of these traditions and enables candidates who want to extend their technique, repertoire and knowledge therein. It also attracts many performers (and would-be performers) from other genres who find it beneficial to study with Blas as a form of induction and acculturation in the Irish traditions, before diving in at the deep end of the main traditional scene of endless sessions, céilithe, fleadhanna and festivals. Blas acts as an incubator, and forms a safe space in which to improve musicianship, song, or dance technique, and to learn more about the stylistic, social, and historic content of these traditions in a familiar educational campus setting.
Application/registration forms and costs are available by visiting the Blas website. For latest information please follow on Facebook or Twitter. If you have any queries then please email them to [email protected] or call +353 (0)61 202 653.
June 24 (Monday) 9:00 am - July 5 (Friday) 11:59 pm
Irish World Academy of Music and Dance
University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
Irish World Academy of Music and Dance[email protected] University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
The legendary Con Curtin was one of the few people in the country with the honour of having a festival in their name in life. Con passed away on April
The legendary Con Curtin was one of the few people in the country with the honour of having a festival in their name in life. Con passed away on April 25th 2009 at 82 years of age, and every year the crowds flock to support the festival established and celebrated in his name. The Festival was established in 2001 to celebrate a very unusual “Sliabh Luachra” blossom of music, with a unique tempo and rhythm. Con Curtin was a master exponent of this Sliabh Luachra style.
The Festival kicks off on Friday night with a top class traditional concert at 8pm, with Don Stiffe, Jack Talty and Damien O’Reilly on stage in Brosna Parish Hall. They will be supported by the Brosna Bucks – Patrick Moriarty & Daniel Fitzgerald and Greta Curtin who together with fellow musicians will be sure to bring a few lively Sliabh Luachra slides to the stage.
Saturday will be a busy day with music workshops taking place with top class tutors, starting at 11am. Later on in the afternoon music enthusiasts will be treated to a Fiddle Recital starting at 2pm and running until 7pm. The local church will be the venue for the traditional mass at 7.30pm Saturday evening.
Sunday will be a great family day with busking competitions for u9, u12 and u15. This will start at 1.30pm in the village square, before the Donnie Nolan Céilí Band start the Céilí at 3pm in the Village Hall.
A pub trail including the best of traditional music runs all across the weekend! Definitely dates for the diaries! These sessions will be happening during the afternoon & night and are marvellous free entertainment open for all to attend.
For full information and the latest details of all events, please visit the the festival website at concurtin.com. Full details of the workshop tutors are available on both the festival website concurtin.com and Facebook page. You can also follow the festivals Twitter presence.
June 28 (Friday) 9:00 am - July 1 (Monday) 11:59 pm
Brosna, Co. Kerry
Con Curtin Music Festival CommitteeDenis on +353 (0)87 928 2443 or Margaret on +353 (0)87 277 3819 Brosna, Co. Kerry
The An Chúirt Chruitireachta - International Festival for Irish Harp was established in 1985 and is now in it's 34th year. It ranks among the top international harp festivals and
The An Chúirt Chruitireachta – International Festival for Irish Harp was established in 1985 and is now in it’s 34th year. It ranks among the top international harp festivals and summer school for Irish Harp. Seize this opportunity to become immersed in all aspects of traditional music for Irish Harp. You will have the chance to develop skills and repertoire from ancient harpers’ tunes to songs and slow airs to jigs and reels.
This Festival guarantees a life-changing harp experience; with its workshops, sessions and concerts providing an opportunity to meet and perform with other harpers, gain a better understanding of Irish music, song and dance as well as gaining further insights into the harp and its music.
Workshops 2019: Explore the potential of the Irish harp in a wide range of workshops covering all facets of harping and Irish traditional music. Each afternoon you can listen to expert harpers at the workshops. Festival mentors and workshop specialists will give participants an opportunity to experience world-class performers in a relaxed interactive setting.
Harpers of all ages, standards and styles from absolute beginners to advanced players are accepted. Participants are graded and assigned to mentors who can offer them the best opportunity for improvement. The tutoring sessions are conducted on a modular basis so that participants can benefit from a collaborative multidisciplinary teaching approach.
The Mentors this year are Cormac de Barra, Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Áine Ní Dhubhghaill, Dearbhail Finnegan, Deirdre Granville, Gráinne Hambley, Kathleen Loughnane, Triona Marshall, Anne-Marie O’Farrell. The Festival Seannós singer in residence is Seosaimhín Ní Bheaglaoich.
A full range of harping techniques are covered and include:
Lunchtime Concerts: Listen to our Rising Stars with emerging young harpers at Drogheda’s 18th century Tholsel lunchtime sessions.
Evening Concerts: A highlight of An Chúirt Chruitireachta are the popular evening public concert series. Featuring world-renowned harpers from Ireland and further afield, this series is a major annual showcase celebrating Irish harping. Join our world class harpers and other traditional musicians for the best of Irish harping at these nightly concerts.
Harp Makers’ Exhibitions: Hear about the latest developments in harp-making. Meet master harp makers from Ireland and further afield. This will take place on Sunday June 30 between 2-5pm.
Hands on Harps: Try your hand — sit behind a harp and pluck the strings at our Harp Open Day.
Venue: The Festival is held at An Grianán in the village of Termonfechin, Co Louth and is easily accessible as it is just 50km from Dublin and is near the M1. There is a regular train and bus service between Dublin and Drogheda, the nearest town. A bus and taxi service is available between Drogheda and An Grianán, the Festival venue, where comfortable accommodation is provided, along with excellent food and all the facilities needed to ensure a thoroughly enjoyable week.
For enquiries and bookings please call either +353 (0) 85 7516304 or +353 (0) 1 676 8998 or email [email protected].
For more information including full details concerning An Chúirt Chruitireachta please visit the website at cairdenacruite.com. You can also follow An Chúirt Chruitireachta on Facebook or Twitter for the latest information.
June 30 (Sunday) 9:00 am - July 5 (Friday) 11:59 pm
Termonfeckin, Co. Louth, Ireland
The Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival is an annual festival taking place over 4 days from the first Thursday in July and is about much more than just seafood. Now in its
The Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival is an annual festival taking place over 4 days from the first Thursday in July and is about much more than just seafood.
Now in its 34th year the festival is packed with music, street theatre, stalls, exhibitions, and plenty of children’s activities. Seafood is the star of the show, of course, so you can sample the celebrated seafood platters in the Stella Maris Centre throughout the festival.
Even though the festival is packed with events for everyone, this is definitely a festival for gourmet seafood lovers. At this time every year, the unassuming fishing village of Kilmore Quay in Wexford gets the chance to showcase its wonderful seafood to the world and give visitors the opportunity to sample the huge range of fish harvested from the seas that surround this beautiful island.
Don’t miss this chance to try out the finest and freshest seafood you are ever likely to taste!
Please visit the website at kilmorequayseafoodfestival.com for full details of all events and for the latest information about the Festival. You can also follow the Festival on Facebook or Twitter for latest breaking information.
If you have any queries relating to the festival then please email them to [email protected] or call +353 (0)53 912 9922.
3 (Wednesday) 9:00 am - 7 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford, Ireland
Kilmore Quay Community Development AssociationEmail: [email protected] or Tel: +353(0) 53 912 9922 Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford, Ireland
Traidphicnic, now in its sixth year, celebrates our vibrant culture and traditions. It will take place in the Gaeltacht village of An Spidéal/Spiddal and will run from Friday the 5th
Traidphicnic, now in its sixth year, celebrates our vibrant culture and traditions. It will take place in the Gaeltacht village of An Spidéal/Spiddal and will run from Friday the 5th of July until Sunday the 7th July. As festivals go this is a unique festival in that Traidphicnic operates a ‘ticketless’ system with a ‘donate what you can’ ethos. So you are asked to value the festival and what the voluntary committee is doing and ‘donate what you can’ in order to help the festival operate. It is not a free event.
The Workshops in Music and Sean-nós song and dance at Traidphicnic have a cover fee.
Over the three days of Féile Traidphicnic there will be a whole host of events, ranging from live music, to arts and crafts, sessions, guided walks, sean-nós, and much, much more.
This is very much a family friendly event, with something for everyone, so along bring your own picnic and soak up the atmosphere of the festival.
An Spidéal a coastal village is in the heart of the Connemara Gaeltacht, so this is the ideal place to try out your Cúpla Focal. And given that the festival is in the middle of the Irish summer, please remember to pack your sun cream, midge cream and your raincoat!
Event times will be confirmed closer to the event. So for more information, keep on eye on the Féile Traidphicnic website at traidphicnic.com. For the latest information regarding this festival please follow on Facebook. If you have any queries then please email them to [email protected] or call +353 (0)87 971 7080.
5 (Friday) 9:00 am - 7 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Gannon’s Traditional Irish Music Shop, Main Street, Spiddal, Galway
This year will see the 47th annual Willie Clancy Summer School (Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy) in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare and will run from Saturday the 6th through to Sunday
This year will see the 47th annual Willie Clancy Summer School (Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy) in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare and will run from Saturday the 6th through to Sunday the 14th of July. It will have musical instrument and dance classes, lectures, workshops, recitals and céilithe all through the week. It commemorates the town’s best-known Uilleann Piper, Willie Clancy.
Performing the official opening ceremony will be musician and tutor in Irish Traditional Music Performance at the University of Limerick, Brendan Mulkere in the Community Centre at 8pm on Saturday the 6th July which will be followed by ‘The Breandán Breathnach Memorial Lecture’.
An extremely popular event, students come from all over the world to attend. The school is focused around the teaching of instruments and set dancing in formal Workshops/Classes, but stresses the value of the oral/aural tradition. It is geared towards the hundreds of improving and competent musicians, singers and dancers attending the school.
The Workshops/Classes happen during the mornings during the week and are given by up to 150 top players/performers/teachers on Uilleann Pipes, Tin Whistle, Flute, Fiddle, Concertina, Banjo, Button Accordion, Melodeon, Harmonica, Harp, Traditional Singing, Spoken Irish and Scots Gaelic and Set Dancing. For details regarding enrolment for a workshop/class please click Enrolment.
In the afternoons, lectures at the Community Centre address the cultural and intellectual side of traditional music and then in the evenings there will be Recitals and Céilithe.
Alongside the organised activities, the place will be humming with trad sessions which draw a considerable audience due to their extraordinary quality. These sessions run non-stop, day and night on the streets and in the pubs over the week and are marvellous free entertainment open for all to attend.
This is without doubt an unmissable event if you have any interest in Irish music.
6 (Saturday) 9:00 am - 14 (Sunday) 11:59 am
This year sees Ceol na Coille’s 8th Annual Summer School of Irish Traditional Music in Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. It is organised in association with The Wild Atlantic Way
This year sees Ceol na Coille’s 8th Annual Summer School of Irish Traditional Music in Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. It is organised in association with The Wild Atlantic Way & Fáilte Ireland.
The Ceol na Coille Summer School comprises a 5-day programme of workshops, recitals, sessions and concerts.
Learn Irish Traditional Music and Song in a county known for its culture, its beauty and friendliness. Enthusiasts are welcomed, adults and children from beginners to advanced levels on a full range of instruments. The school boasts a list of first-class tutors. A busy programme of classes, workshops, recitals, nightly sessions and concerts. Immerse yourself in Irish Traditional Music, Song and Gaeilge in a fun, relaxed and welcoming environment amid some of the most beautiful scenery in Ireland – a great week of music and fun for all.
Instruments covered include – Uilleann Pipes, Fiddle, Whistle, Flute, Concertina, Harp, Guitar and Piano Accompaniment, Button & Piano Accordion, Banjo, Bodhrán, Traditional Singing and Irish Language Classes – for all ages.
For any queries regarding the Summer School, then please email [email protected] or call +353 (0)87 677 4601.
8 (Monday) 9:00 am - 12 (Friday) 11:59 pm
Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Ceol na CoilleEmail: [email protected] or Call: +353 (0)87 677 4601 Glendooen Cottage, Newmills, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
The South Sligo Summer School of Traditional Music, Song & Dance is an annual weeklong celebration of Traditional Irish Music, Song & Dance now in it's 33rd year. Including Classes,
The South Sligo Summer School of Traditional Music, Song & Dance is an annual weeklong celebration of Traditional Irish Music, Song & Dance now in it’s 33rd year. Including Classes, Workshops, Lectures, Masterclasses, Céilí, Concerts, Recitals and Informal sessions.
The school was founded in 1987 to conserve and promote the rich tradition of music, song and dance of the south Sligo area. There is special emphasis on the old Sligo traditional style of fiddle and flute playing.
Participants at the South Sligo Summer School can expect excellent tuition in traditional music, singing and dance with class sizes being kept small. All Classes are graded. With classes open to all ages and experience levels there is something for everyone.
For those wishing to attend Classes or Workshops, registration will be at St. Brigid’s Hall on Monday July 10th at 8:30am until 10:00am, if not already pre-registered. Online Pre-Registration is available by visiting Registration.
Over the week there is a packed programme of events which includes nightly ceilis in St. Brigid’s Hall and concerts featuring tutors, local musicians playing in the South Sligo Style, and visiting singers and musicians. The afternoons are equally busy with masterclasses, sean nós dancing workshops in St. Brigid’s Hall and informal practice sessions led by the summer school tutors.
Visitors to Tubbercurry during the week of the South Sligo Summer School can expect to hear the very finest traditional music and to take away musical memories to last a lifetime.
14 (Sunday) 9:00 am - 20 (Saturday) 11:59 pm
Various locations around Tubbercurry
Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo, Ireland
South Sligo Summer Summer School Organising CommitteeEmail: [email protected] or Tel: +353 (0)71 912 0912 Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo, Ireland
This will be an action-packed week of events which will include a wide selection of outdoor entertainment, concerts, céilithe, workshops, sessions, and most importantly the Munster Fleadh competitions where competitors
This will be an action-packed week of events which will include a wide selection of outdoor entertainment, concerts, céilithe, workshops, sessions, and most importantly the Munster Fleadh competitions where competitors from the six counties of Munster will compete for a place in the 2019 All-Ireland Fleadh in Drogheda.
There will be an abundance of free open-air entertainment during the Fleadh weekend on the Gig Rig with some of Clare and Munster’s finest local musicians and groups taking to the stage in Ennis Town Centre.
With the street sessions, musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments and join into any of them or they are free to start their own session.
There will be a Street Entertainment Competition on Friday, July 19th in Ennis Town Centre which all musicians are encouraged to enter.
The Fleadh Session Trail will feature a series of Pub Session’s guaranteed to delight all followers of Irish traditional music. With a selection of Ireland’s finest musicians coming to the town, make sure to pay a visit to all the Ennis pubs hosting Irish traditional sessions during the Fleadh weekend, have a drink and listen to some wonderful traditional music, or bring along your own instrument and join in.
For all those with an interest in the Irish Language there will be a venue set aside at Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan where a person with only a few words of Irish or none at all, will be as welcome as the fluent speaker. The venue will contain many displays of interesting material and the overseas visitor will always gets a feel for the Irish culture at this venue, ‘Ionad na Gaeilge’ which will be open during the Fleadh weekend.
This week-long festival has something to offer for everybody who enjoys Irish traditional music, song, dance and culture. So for the latest details please click the following link to visit the website Munster Fleadh or on Facebook or on Twitter.
14 (Sunday) 9:00 am - 22 (Monday) 11:59 pm
Various venues around Ennis
This year the 26th annual Féile Brian Ború festival will take place in the historical twin-towns of Ballina and Killaloe. This festival is very much a family orientated festival geared
This year the 26th annual Féile Brian Ború festival will take place in the historical twin-towns of Ballina and Killaloe. This festival is very much a family orientated festival geared to providing something for all ages and interests.
The Féile celebrates the life and legacy of Brian Ború (founder of the O’Briens) who is the most famous son of the historic twin towns of Ballina and Killaloe.
During the Féile you can enjoy a huge programme of events and fun activities including:
Féile Brian Ború is a festival guaranteed to provide fun and entertainment for all the family!
For further details about the festival, please visit feilebrianboru.com. You can also follow on Facebook or Twitter for the latest information. If you have any queries then please email them to [email protected] or call +353 (0)86 358 6293.
17 (Wednesday) 9:00 am - 21 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Killaloe, Co. Clare
Drumshanbo plays host every July to the award winning Joe Mooney Summer School. This week long festival of traditional Irish music, song and dance is named after the man who did
Drumshanbo plays host every July to the award winning Joe Mooney Summer School. This week long festival of traditional Irish music, song and dance is named after the man who did so much to promote the cause of Leitrim and his beloved town.
This year sees the 31st Annual Joe Mooney Summer School commencing on Saturday the 20th July in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim with a ‘Gathering Session’ in Berry’s Tavern which will commence at 9pm.
In addition to the Classes and Workshops there are Recitals, Céilithe, Lectures, and open air music events. The impromptu music sessions, the natural beauty of the Drumshanbo area and the traditional ‘ceád míle fáilte’ hospitality of County Leitrim provide an unforgettable week for all those who participate in the classes and also for those who just visit the town to be part of the experience.
For full details of all events and the classes/workshops timetable, please visit the festival website by clicking the following link, Joe Mooney Summer School.
If you are attending the summer school the please note that all students must arrange their own accommodation and transport. To help students who wish to find accommodation in Drumshanbo or the surrounding area, please go to Accommodation for information.
Drumshanbo is a small picturesque town situated in the very heart of County Leitrim, Ireland. The town takes its name from the Irish, Druim-Sean-Bhoth or “Ridge of the old huts”. The legends of the Tuatha de Danann recall the arrival of these magical people in a swirling mist on the nearby Sliabh an Iarainn mountain. They brought with them three musicians, Ceol, Binn and Téidbhinn – music, melody and harmony, whose legacy still remains. So for a week to remember as either a student or listener Drumshanbo is the place to be.
For the latest information please follow the Joe Mooney Summer School on either Facebook or Twitter. If you have any queries then please email them to [email protected]. You can also call either Nancy Woods on +353 (0)71 964 1213 or Dessy Doyle on +353 (0)71 964 1426.
20 (Saturday) 9:00 am - 27 (Saturday) 11:59 pm
Joe Mooney Summer School
Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim
Joe Mooney Summer School CommitteeEmail: [email protected] Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim
Based in the scenic village of Rostrevor, Co. Down, the Fiddler's Green Festival began as a one day event way back in the 1980’s and progressed to a weekend. It
Based in the scenic village of Rostrevor, Co. Down, the Fiddler’s Green Festival began as a one day event way back in the 1980’s and progressed to a weekend. It now extends to eight days and seven nights of music, culture and craic. With up to 200 events the festival caters for music fanatics, families who wish to enjoy a safe, child focused festival, and those who come just to soak up the scenery, the friendliness and the free outdoor music and culture.
The Fiddler’s Green Festival which is now in its 33rd year has become one of Ireland’s longest running and most successful festivals. Festival highlights include:
With all musical tastes being catered for; folk, traditional, blues, country, classical with intimate lunchtime and early evening music clubs as well as ‘céili houses’ each day that offer an opportunity for visitors and musicians to meet, sing, recite, play an instrument or just relax and enjoy the atmosphere there is something for everyone.
For the latest details and to check out and download the programme of events, please click the following link to visit the website Fiddler’s Green Festival. You can also follow on Facebook or Twitter.
If you have any queries then please email [email protected] or call +44 (0)789 598 6616.
21 (Sunday) 9:00 am - 28 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Rostrevor, Co. Down
The Meitheal Residential Summer School for 2019 will be held from the 23rd to the 27th of July at St. Flannan’s College in Ennis, Co. Clare and from the 22nd
The Meitheal Residential Summer School for 2019 will be held from the 23rd to the 27th of July at St. Flannan’s College in Ennis, Co. Clare and from the 22nd to the 26th of July in Villiers School, Limerick City.
The closing date for applications for this years Meitheal is March 29th.
This years Summer School is open to musicians who are 13 years of age or over on Jan 1st 2019. Over the week students will live and breathe music under expert guidance with all attendees experiencing…
The instrument workshops cater for players of various abilities but they are not suitable for beginners. Players need to have at least four years of experience and be able to play reels at dance tempo with ornamentation. All applicants must send a recording with their application so that they can be graded into appropriate classes beforehand. Meitheal is tough going. Don’t come unless you have a trad music obsession!
At Meitheal, students are so busy that sessions tend to be of limited duration squeezed between various activities or for an hour before bed. However, they provide a great opportunity for social mixing and enjoyment.
There is an upper limit of around 10 in all workshops, but most are smaller. Enrolments are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis, so please apply before March 29th to ensure your place. Please note that Meitheal reserves the right to cancel individual workshop options if we have not had sufficient applicants by the closing date. Should this occur, a full refund will be provided or a place in an alternative workshop will be offered.
During the week, students also attend concerts given by tutors and other artistes and various workshops and presentations. They will also perform with tutors in the Finale Concert.
For more details please visit the Meitheal website by clicking on, Meitheal or for any queries either E-mail: [email protected] or Phone: +353 (0)87 670 4465 for more information. You can also follow Meitheal on Facebook for latest updates and information.
22 (Monday) 9:00 am - 27 (Saturday) 11:59 pm
Various venues around Ennis
This year will see the 28th year that the Phil Murphy Weekend festival will take place in the historical coastal village of Carrig-on-Bannow. This sleepy, three-pub town awakens for the
This year will see the 28th year that the Phil Murphy Weekend festival will take place in the historical coastal village of Carrig-on-Bannow. This sleepy, three-pub town awakens for the weekend festival and smells the alluring aroma of tunes wafting through the warm summer air.
There will be a line-up to tickle the fancy of anyone with a healthy appreciation for music, song, dance and craic with Concerts, Workshops, Ceilí, Trad Sessions,
Singing Gathering, Childrens’ Entertainment & more.
The Phil Murphy Weekend is very much a festival for the whole family with something for everyone with Ceilís in the Community Centre, Concerts in the Festival Marquee, Recitals in the Church, Trad Sessions in the Pubs which are marvellous free entertainment open for all to attend and also Workshops for those wishing to improve their playing skills in the School. Along with a variety of events specifically focused for children.
If you have any queries please email them to [email protected] or call either +353 (0)87 792 8613 or +353 (0)86 319 1193.
For enquiries regarding accommodation for the festival, please call +353 (0)51 561101.
25 (Thursday) 6:00 pm - 28 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Phil Murphy Weekend CommitteeEmail: [email protected] or call +353 (0)87 792 8613 or +353 (0)86 319 1193
As one of Ireland’s oldest summer schools, originally founded on Achill Island, Co.Mayo in 1910 and revived in 1985, Scoil Acla is a week-long music and cultural summer school comprising
As one of Ireland’s oldest summer schools, originally founded on Achill Island, Co.Mayo in 1910 and revived in 1985, Scoil Acla is a week-long music and cultural summer school comprising of classes in Traditional Irish Music, Irish language classes – Achill dialect (Gaelig’ Acla), and Sean-Nós singing plus workshops in Sean nós dancing, Traditional Irish Dancing, Creative Writing as well as our Arts and Traditional Basket Weaving and Quilting courses.
The original founding members in 1910 had a vision to set up a summer school for the preservation and promotion of the Irish language, traditional Irish music and an appreciation of the arts. These aims and ideals have not been left in history but remain an integral part of Scoil Acla in the 21st century. Our traditional Irish music classes offer tuition on accordion, banjo, bodhrán, concertina, flute, fiddle, harp, tin whistle and uileann pipes with all levels being catered for. Practice and experience can be obtained in one of the many ‘sessions’ held around Achill Island throughout this Irish music festival.
If you would like to attend one of the many courses, then please visit scoilacla.ie where you can find out more details about all the courses and events occurring during the festival. You can also follow on Facebook or Twitter for the latest information.
Why not join us in July for a taste of Achill, and our Irish culture, in this fun-filled, week long Traditional Irish Summer School – Scoil Acla, there is something here for everyone!
If you have any queries about Scoil Acla, then please email [email protected] or call +353 85 881 9548.
July 27 (Saturday) 9:00 am - August 3 (Saturday) 11:59 pm
Cashel, Achill Island, Co. Mayo, F28 T2R3, Ireland
This year will see the Belfast TradFest - Belfast Summer School of Traditional Music back for its 3rd successive year. It will bring together Traditional Music Students, Artists, Performers and Tutors
This year will see the Belfast TradFest – Belfast Summer School of Traditional Music back for its 3rd successive year. It will bring together Traditional Music Students, Artists, Performers and Tutors from all sections of the Traditional Music Communities.
The Summer School will showcase their talents in the City of Belfast through a programme of classes, talks, lectures, performances and concerts with some of the biggest names in the world of Traditional Music having been secured for this Summer School.
The School is the only one of its kind in Northern Ireland and brings together both the Ulster-Scots and Irish musical traditions in a shared celebration of both heritages.
The School is breaking new ground with the Ulster-Scots community. Pipers, drummers and fifers will have a chance to learn and perform without having to travel to the Republic of Ireland, Scotland or further afield for access to world-class tutors.
Over five days, hundreds of budding traditional musicians, of all ages, will get the chance to learn from traditional music royalty at the University of Ulster in York Street, in a series of Masterclasses.
These will be held commencing on Monday 29th July through to Friday 2nd August. They will start each day at 10am and finish at 1pm at the University of Ulster Belfast Campus on York Street.
The tutors for these will be for Whistle and Sing: Niamh McCallan & Siobhan Murtagh and Pearse McMahon; Harp: Michelle Mulcahy; Button Accordion: Conor Connolly; Drumming & Percussion: Gareth McLees; The Fife, Rope-drums and Lambeg: Willie Drennan; Bagpiping & Small Pipes: Finlay McDonald; Fiddle: John Carty, Liz Kane, Oisin MacDiarmada, Niamh Dunne, Yvonne Kane, Teresa Clarke; Tin-Whistle: Mary Bergin & Kieran Brady; Concertina: Edel Fox; Bodhrán: John Joe Kelly & Eamon Murray; Flute: Harry Bradley & Kevin Crawford; Tenor Banjo: Brian McGrath; Uilleann Pipes: Jarlath Henderson; Ulster Songs Traditional Singing: Jane Cassidy, Maurice Leyden & Ríoghnach Connolly; Guitar Accompaniment: Seamie O’Dowd; Set Dancing: Ronán Eastwood.
As well as masterclasses, there are plenty of other ways to get involved including lectures, talks, workshops, performances, demonstrations, recitals, sessions and showcase concerts. These will take place at Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich, West Belfast, The Duncairn Centre, North Belfast and The Lyric Theatre in the Queen’s Quarter, with the heart of the School located in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter.
The Summer School of Traditional Music is open to everyone, so please visit belfasttraditionalmusic.com for the latest details of the classes and events. But more importantly, to register for classes. You can also follow Belfast TradFest on Facebook or Twitter for the latest information.
July 27 (Saturday) 9:00 am - August 2 (Friday) 11:59 pm
Ulster University, York St., Belfast and various other Venues
The Donegal Fiddle Summer School will take place in the scenic village of Glencolmcille (Gleann Colm Cille) on the southwest coast of Co. Donegal from Mon 29th July to Friday
The Donegal Fiddle Summer School will take place in the scenic village of Glencolmcille (Gleann Colm Cille) on the southwest coast of Co. Donegal from Mon 29th July to Friday 2nd August.
This specialist non-residential music school is held in the first full week of August. It is organised by Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí. Up to 120 students can be accepted in 11 graded classes covering from beginner to advanced level which are taught by leading exponents of Donegal fiddle music. The classes run from 10am – 4pm each day.
The classes work on learning by ear, though some of the teachers can read music and will help out music readers who struggle with learning by ear. Students will be strongly encouraged and helped to become used to the traditional system of learning by ear.
During the week there will be a couple of fiddle concerts featuring some of the teachers from the school and other guest fiddlers along with dancing, talks and recitals. Many music sessions will take place in the local pubs and sometimes outdoors (depending on the weather). Students can come along and bring their instruments and practice in the evening time what they learnt during the day.
There are also lots of music sessions in the local pubs and sometimes outdoors (depending on the weather).
To reserve a place on this years Donegal Fiddle Summer School, e-mail your request to [email protected] to have a place reserved for you and this will be confirmed, a deposit is not required, but you are asked that if your plans change and you can’t attend, then please advise.
For further information and up to date details please visit donegalfiddlemusic.ie where you can enquire about booking a place. You can also follow Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí on Facebook or Twitter for the latest information.
July 29 (Monday) 9:00 am - August 2 (Friday) 11:59 am
Glencolmcille, Co. Donegal
The O'Carolan Harp & Traditional Music Festival is held annually in Keadue, County Roscommon every August Bank Holiday with the Summer School preceding the Festival. This years Summer School will
The O’Carolan Harp & Traditional Music Festival is held annually in Keadue, County Roscommon every August Bank Holiday with the Summer School preceding the Festival. This years Summer School will run from Monday July 29th until Friday August 2nd with the Festival running from Friday August 2nd until Monday August 5th.
The Festival was started in Keadue in 1978, to commemorate the famous Harper Turlough O’Carolan who lived in the area and is buried in Kilronan Cemetery which overlooks the scenic Lough Meelagh on the outskirts of the village. Keadue is a small village of about 200 people located on the shores of Lough Meelagh at the foot of the Arigna Mountains.
The Festival includes Concerts, Céilíthe, Tuition on the Harp, Set Dancing, Harp Recitals and a Harp Competition. The Harp Competition has been sponsored every year since it was started by local business Arigna Fuels Ltd. The Festival also features an internationally renowned Door Dancing Competition.
Téada and Séamus Begley will be the festivals headline act for this years concert on Sunday the 4th.
The O’Carolan Summer School is held on the week preceding the August Bank Holiday Weekend. The popularity of the Summer School is increasing year by year. The School features expert tuition by accomplished, well known music, dance and song tutors each morning with informative lectures and workshops arranged for the afternoons. Opportunities to play in sessions occur every evening in various venues around the village.
The classes and tutors for this years school will be for Harp: Grainne Hambly, Eilish Lavelle and Alisha McMahon; Flute: Michael Hurley; Bodhrán: Junior Davey; Button Accordion: Dan Brouder; Banjo: Angelina Carbury; Tin Whistle: Padraig and Lorraine Sweeney; Fiddle: Mossie Martin and Claire Bohan; Traditional Singing: Siobhan O’Donnell; Set Dancing: Ger Butler and Sean Nós Dancing: Nada Ni Chuirrin.
If you have any queries about the Summer School or Festival then email them to [email protected] or call either +353 (0)87 255 9269 or +353 (0)87 315 5880.
Please visit the website at ocarolanharpfestival.ie for full details of all events and for the latest information about both the Summer School and Festival. You can also follow the Festival on Facebook or Twitter.
July 29 (Monday) 9:00 am - August 5 (Monday) 11:59 pm
Keadue, Co. Roscommon, Ireland
The Kilrush Traditional Music & Set Dancing Festival is an annual event that runs over 6 days at the beginning of August. It is a festival of music and set
The Kilrush Traditional Music & Set Dancing Festival is an annual event that runs over 6 days at the beginning of August. It is a festival of music and set dancing including open air Céilíthe in Kilrush Square on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. There will also be music sessions in the pubs and a singers club. Set dancing workshops will take place throughout the festival.
The festivities will kick off on Wednesday night the 31st of July in the Haven Arms at 10pm with the Singers Club with Jerry McNamara.
During the Festival there will be four Open Air Free Céilíthe. These will all happen in the square. The first of these Céilíthe will be on Friday when the Dal gCais Céilí Band will be playing, then on Saturday it will be the turn of the Johnny Reidy Céilí Band, on Sunday it will be the Shandrum Céilí Band in the square and finally on Monday it will be the turn of the Striolan Céilí Band.
On Thursday evening there will be a Seisiun at Teach Cheoil. This will commence at 9pm. The festival will be officially opened on Friday evening at 6.45pm.
There will be a Set Dancing Workshop on Friday, the tutor being Mike Mahony, and on Saturday, another Set Dancing Workshop, the tutor this time being Aidan Vaughan. Both workshops will be in Teach Cheoil.
At 8pm on Saturday night there will be a Traditional Concert in Teach Cheoil.
Sunday afternoon in the square there will be a display of Polish and Irish dancing starting at 3pm.
On Monday afternoon there will be a Dance & Music Display in the Square starting at 3pm.
Throughout the festival period there will be Traditional Music Sessions in the towns Pubs. These sessions will be happening during the afternoon & night and are marvellous free entertainment open for all to attend.
If you have any queries then please email them to [email protected] or call +353 (0)87 266 3718.
July 31 (Wednesday) 10:00 pm - August 5 (Monday) 11:59 pm
Kilrush, Co. Clare
This Festival honours the balladeer Sean McCarthy and takes place annually in Finuge, Co. Kerry over the August Bank Holiday Weekend. It is now in its 25th year. Sean McCarthy was
This Festival honours the balladeer Sean McCarthy and takes place annually in Finuge, Co. Kerry over the August Bank Holiday Weekend. It is now in its 25th year.
Sean McCarthy was born in Listowel on July 5th 1923. He was one of a family of ten children. He attended Listowel Primary School, where his teacher for a time was Dr. Bryan McMahon, who once said of Sean that “he was always a special person, I’ll even go so far as to say he was unique.”
Among his best known songs are “Shanagolden”, “Red Haired Mary”, “Highland Paddy”, “Murphy’s Volunteers”, “Step it out Mary”, “Mountain Tae, (Hills of Connemara) and “In Shame Love, In shame”.
He played a major role in promoting “The Rambling House” on Radio Kerry, which is now continued at Sheahan’s Thatched House, Finuge over the winter months.
The Sean McCarthy Memorial Weekend provides a fitting tribute to an individual who will always be remembered for his kindness and generosity.
This years Memorial Weekend will start on Thursday 1st August with an Art Exhibition with Shaun Johnson & Christie Roache. This will commence at 7pm in the Thatched House.
On Friday 2nd Annmarie O’Riordan will be in concert at 8pm in Teach Siamsa.
Saturday 3rd will see a Children’s Art with Artist “Mary Finucane” from 11.30am to 1pm. This will be held at The Thatched House and will cover Art, Clay, Sculpture & Paint. Later on for those interested, you can assemble at the Thatched House for a walk around Finuge with Catriona McCarthy. Then for a discussion on Biodiversity & Wildflowers with Cathy Eastman, Kerry Earth Education Project & Botanist Catriona McCarthy. This will start at 2pm in the Thatched House.
Between 4 and 6pm McCarthy’s Bar will be the place to be for an afternoon Trad Music Session. So come along and enjoy some great trad music. All musicians most welcome.
At 8.30pm in Teach Siamsa we will see the final of the Sean McCarthy Ballad Competition. Admission for this event will be €10.
Sunday 4th will see music with “Heart and Soul” between 6 and 8pm in McCarthy’s Beer Garden.
Then at 8.30pm in Teach Siamsa the final of the Mick McCarthy Story Telling Competition will be held with Special Guest TV Personality Katherine Lynch. Admission for this will be €10. Later on in the evening there will be music with the Premier Blue Boys starting at 10.30 pm in McCarthy’s Bar.
On Monday 5th at Teach Siamsa will see The Rambling House, between 3.30pm – 5.30pm, all Musicians & Singers are most welcome with light refreshment being served.
The Annual Bank Holiday BBQ will take place in the Beer Garden of McCarthy’s Bar between 5pm and 7pm. This will be followed with music by “Fastest Fingers’’ with Michael O’Brien at 7pm in McCarthy’s Bar bringing the weekend to a close.
Please visit the website at www.finugeweekend.com for the latest information about the Weekend. If you have any queries about the Sean McCarthy Memorial Weekend then email them to [email protected] or call +353 (0)87 904 9371.
1 (Thursday) 9:00 am - 5 (Monday) 11:59 pm
Finuge, Co. Kerry, Ireland
The 42nd annual Ballyshannon Folk & Traditional Music Festival is the place to be this August Bank Holiday Weekend as the sounds of Folk and Traditional music echo from the
The 42nd annual Ballyshannon Folk & Traditional Music Festival is the place to be this August Bank Holiday Weekend as the sounds of Folk and Traditional music echo from the streets, pubs and Marquee Concerts along Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way.
Over the years this Festival has hosted all of the great names from the Irish folk and trad scene since the heady days of the late 1970’s and today it continues to offer itself as a vital platform for emerging folk and traditional music talent with its annual Showcase Competition which offers a prize fund of €1,000 plus the opportunity to perform at the festival.
The Festival commences on Thursday 1st August at 7.30pm with the opening of the Barry Britton Art Exhibition in the Abbey Centre. Then at 8pm in Dorrians Hotel the weekend festivities kick off with the annual Ballyshannon Folk & Traditional Music Festival Céilí Night.
Acts appearing in the Marquee this year are for Friday night, Seamie O’Dowd & Friends, Luka Bloom and Sharon Shannon & Band. On Saturday night it will be the turn of Brian Deady, BackWest and Moxie. Then on Sunday night, the final night on stage will be The Stunning, Dave Munnelly Band and Coda.
Along with the Marquee Concerts there will be plenty of pub sessions, street entertainment, busking competitions, fringe events, céilithe and the showcase competition making this another memorable festival weekend.
For all the latest festival information, tickets and showcase competition details please check the Ballyshannon Folk & Traditional Music Festival out on Facebook or Twitter visit the festival website at ballyshannonfolkfestival.com.
If you have any queries then please email them to [email protected] or call +353 (0)87 297 3295.
2 (Friday) 9:00 am - 5 (Monday) 11:59 pm
Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Scully's Fest is a celebration of the traditional music and culture of Duhallow and Sliabh Luachra. The festival takes place annually on the weekend following the August bank holiday weekend. It
Scully’s Fest is a celebration of the traditional music and culture of Duhallow and Sliabh Luachra. The festival takes place annually on the weekend following the August bank holiday weekend.
It began in 2004 to mark that the weekly Monday night open sessions that had run since 1974 in Scully’s Bar. The aim of the festival is to take over the town of Newmarket and turn it into a Sliabh Luachra Music Paradise for one weekend every year.
Scully’s Fest is an effort to strengthen local music and to embed it into the culture of the region. Over the weekend there will be a range of different events, including Concerts, Music and Dance Workshops, Drama, Poetry, Singing, as well as nightly sessions around the town.
Starting this years festival will be the Áit Place Art Exhibition Launch which will happen at 7pm on Thursday 8th. The art exhibition will be open each day from 12 to 6pm.
Later on the Festival Launch will happen at Scanlon’s Bar. This will be at 9pm with a session featuring the Céilí Allstars.
Friday will kick off at 2pm in Newmarket Motors. This event is still TBC.
At 6pm in Scully’s Bar there will be an evening session. Then at 8.30pm the popular Rambling House will make its return in Dan Hourigans Bar. It will be hosted by local playwright and actor Mike Guerin. It will feature Drama, Song, Spoken word with special guest Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh.
In Scully’s Bar at 9.30pm to finish the evening off there will be a session.
Saturday will see a range of workshops taking place in the IRD – Main Building with Eoin Stan O’Sullivan (all melody instruments welcome). There will be an afternoon session in Scully’s Bar starting at 3pm and another starting at 5pm in Scanlon’s Bar.
The Gala Concert, An Glaoch 6 @ Glash will take place in the Glash Community Hall. The concert will feature Kevin Burke, Bryan O’Leary, Sorcha de Róiste, The Flannery Sisters and many more.
Finishing off the evening at 9.30pm in Scully’s Bar there will be a session with John Cronin and Friends.
Sunday is Family Day for Scully’s Fest with a Craft Market, BBQ and lots of great music at Scully’s Bar. This will run from 2pm until 5pm with an afternoon session starting at 3pm. Following this will be the Kids Concert with Scully’s Music School at 4pm.
The evening session will start at 7pm in Scully’s Bar and will feature the Mick Culloty Band. Later on in the evening at T.D.’s Bar there will be a Singing Session hosted by West Limerick Singing Club. Finishing off the evening at Scully’s Bar , there will be a session with starting at 9.30pm.
The festival finishes Monday night with a session in Scully’s Bar featuring Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly. This will start at 5pm. Following on from this will be the usual Monday night session which is open to all and draws musicians from near and far.
For full details of the programme and for the latest information concerning the festival please visit scullysfest.com. You can also follow Scully’s Fest on Facebook and Twitter. If you have any queries then please call +353 (0)87 910 0087.
8 (Thursday) 7:00 pm - 12 (Monday) 11:59 pm
Newmarket, Co. Cork, Ireland
Scully's Fest Committee Newmarket, Co. Cork, Ireland
The 69th Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann will take place in Drogheda and has grown over the years to be the largest and most unique cultural festival in the world. With
The 69th Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann will take place in Drogheda and has grown over the years to be the largest and most unique cultural festival in the world. With attendance numbers in excess of 500,000 one can truly see its importance. Its significance is cultural, economic and social and is a tribute to all those who kept the cultural traditions of Ireland alive down through the decades.
For a great many musicians, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is the culmination of months of hard work and practice as they compete against fellow musicians, singers and dancers at local Fleadhanna so as to achieve the recognition of being an All-Ireland champion.
For others, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is a unique and welcoming festival featuring the very best of traditional arts and offering a wide range of activities to be enjoyed by all.
The Fleadh will have a significant emphasis on youth with children’s mid-morning sessions organised to run from Monday through to Thursday from 11am – 12pm in the Barbican Centre. It will also offer an extensive youth programme which aims to increase student’s awareness of Irish culture and tradition and encourage them to become actively involved in the Fleadh. Families will be well catered for with lots of events at Seachtain na Gaeilge and the Mid Morning Sessions in the Barbican Centre.
Tickets are available to purchase and the line-up of events, activities and performances, which will take place every day from Sunday 11th through to Sunday 18th August 2019, is available to view at fleadhcheoil.ie. You can also follow Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
11 (Sunday) 9:00 am - 18 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Various Venues around Drogheda
Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland
Drogheda Fleadh Executive Committee[email protected] Drogheda Fleadh Executive Committee, c/o Louth County Council Civic Offices, Fair Street, Drogheda, A92 P440
Now in its 17th year, Masters of Tradition celebrates the very best of Irish and International traditional music in its’ purest form through a series of concerts, talks and performances.
Now in its 17th year, Masters of Tradition celebrates the very best of Irish and International traditional music in its’ purest form through a series of concerts, talks and performances. The performances take place mainly in Bantry House, which is one of Ireland’s most exquisite historic mansions, and in other venues such as St Brendan’s Church.
The event provides a platform where subtle and sometimes obscure elements of Irish traditional music can be heard. By seeking the heart of the music we find a universal voice that has widespread appeal reaching across many cultural and musical barriers.
The festival is headlined by its Artistic Director, Martin Hayes, the fiddler from East Clare, whose distinctive touch and extravagant virtuosity has brought the tradition to new levels. His famous trance-evoking sets with Dennis Cahill have mesmerised audiences all over the world and will do so again this summer!
During the festival impromptu sessions of extraordinary quality will continue non-stop day and night on the streets and in the pubs around Bantry.
Tickets are available to purchase for Masters of Tradition 2019 and the line-up of events, activities and performances, which will take place every day from Wednesday 21st through to Sunday 25th August 2019, is available to view or download at programme.
21 (Wednesday) 9:00 am - 25 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
13 Glengarriff Road, Bantry, Co. Cork
This September sees the second Fingal Fleadh and Fair take place in Swords. The medieval grounds of Swords Castle and the Main Street in Swords Village will host a programme of
This September sees the second Fingal Fleadh and Fair take place in Swords. The medieval grounds of Swords Castle and the Main Street in Swords Village will host a programme of workshops and recitals.
This event celebrates the strong tradition of music in the Fingal community and will be centred around participation and performance with free Workshops and Concerts by some of the biggest names in traditional Irish music. It is geared very much for all the family with something for everyone to enjoy.
Swords Castle will be the key venue for the event with free concerts featuring The Kilfenora Céilí Band, Ulaid with Ríoghnach Connolly & Liam O’Maonlai, Moya Brennan & Cormac de Barra. John Spillane, The Dixie Micks, Dance Hall Academy, Meath Beo and many more.
Also in the castle grounds there will be an Artisan Food, Drink & Craft Fair.
This year there will be a Street Seisiún Competition which will take over Swords on Saturday the 7th with the Main Street closed to traffic.
During the festival there will a ‘Session Trail’ around the town which will feature a mixture of performances and open sessions by musicians from all over the country. These sessions will be happening during the afternoon & night and are marvellous free entertainment open for all to attend.
The Fingal Fleadh is the perfect place to meet up with all of your friends for a few tunes and to enjoy a weekend of great music.
5 (Thursday) 9:00 am - 8 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Swords Castle, Pharmacy, Bridge Street, Swords, Ireland
The 20th 'Gig’n the Bann' Cross Community Music and Dance Festival will take place commencing on the 12th and finish on the 15th September. This festival has become one of
The 20th ‘Gig’n the Bann’ Cross Community Music and Dance Festival will take place commencing on the 12th and finish on the 15th September. This festival has become one of the major events on the Summer Festival Calendar having built a reputation for offering a most impressive line-up of top performers spanning Traditional, Scottish and Folk Music circles.
The ethos of ‘Gig’n the Bann’ is to bring together musical traditions across all cultural divides and the direction pursued in recent years has been to incorporate the Ulster Scots tradition alongside Traditional Irish music. This has greatly enhanced audience participation in a diverse range of events. It has also meant that people from different sides of the community have become exposed to music, song and dance that they may not have been familiar with before.
The ‘Gig’n the Bann’ programme for 2019 again includes the usual mix of Concerts, Traditional Music Sessions, 5K Run and Walk, Praise Service, Family Fun Day and Art Exhibition. There is also the opportunity to hear world class Pipe Bands at the ‘Pipe’n the Bann’.
‘Gig’n the Bann’ continues to grow each year from strength to strength with the organising committee striving to bring top performers to an audience that would rarely have an opportunity to see them perform live.
Artists/Groups appearing this year include Sharon Shannon, The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, The Illegals with Niamh Kavanagh, Dave & Michelle Sheridan, Alan Costello and Eoghan O’Brien, Chris Madden & The Lucky Ducks and Portglenone CCE.
So whether you want to join one of the sessions or listen to the sound of the pipes and drums or attend one of the many concerts or outdoor events over the course of the weekend there will be something for the whole family with class entertainment on the banks of the Bann!
For more information about ‘Gig’n the Bann’ and to view the programme of events or for information about accommodation in the area, please visit www.gignthebann.com.
Tickets for the concerts may be purchased in Portglenone from All Occasions and Moments. Alternatively, they can be reserved by emailing [email protected].
For the latest up to date information about the festival, please visit the Gig’n the Bann Facebook Page. If you have any queries, then please call +44 (0)28 2582 1743 or send an email to [email protected].
12 (Thursday) 9:00 am - 15 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Portglenone, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland
Gig'n The Bann Festival CommitteeEmail [email protected] or call +44 (0)28 2582 1743
The Dingle Food Festival takes place on the first weekend in October every year in the beautiful fishing town of Dingle on the Dingle Peninsula on the Wild Atlantic Way.
The Dingle Food Festival takes place on the first weekend in October every year in the beautiful fishing town of Dingle on the Dingle Peninsula on the Wild Atlantic Way. It is organised by a group of local people on a non profit making basis. The festival showcases and celebrates the quality of local producers, chefs, restaurateurs and the award-winning local food and drink they produce.
Locals call it ‘The Best Weekend of the Year’ with the town coming alive with locals and tourists alike. Everyone comes home for the Dingle Food Festival and tourists come from far and wide across the globe that weekend just for the festival.
Highlights of the Dingle Food Festival include cookery demonstrations, over 50 market stalls, workshops, street entertainment, childrens events, wine tasting, whiskey tasting and much much more.
Far and away the most popular part of the festival is ‘The Taste Trail‘. Festival goers purchase a book of taste trail tickets and can then visit over 70 venues around the town offering tastings of the best food and drink the Peninsula has to offer.
The Dingle Food Festival in conjunction with various local organisations is aiming to make the Dingle Food Festival waste free by 2020.
The festival also hosts the annual Blas na hÉireann awards. These are National Irish Food Awards, which were conceived of and are organised by the Festival. Having a Blas award is increasingly recognised as a mark of exceptional quality throughout the island of Ireland and further abroad.
For all the latest festival information, including where you can purchase Taste Trail tickets, please check the Festival website at dinglefood.com. You can also follow on Facebook or Twitter for the very latest information.
If you have any queries concerning the festival then please email them to [email protected].
4 (Friday) 9:00 am - 6 (Sunday) 11:59 pm
Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Dingle Food Festival CommitteeEmail: [email protected]