Write by the Sea Festival 2019

This year sees the 4th annual Write by the Sea Festival back in Kilmore Quay on the last weekend of September. The theme of this year’s festival is “Drawn To The Sea”. The festival includes interviews with well-known, national and international writers and experts, experiential workshops, readings and talks. Come and enjoy drama, crime writing, short stories, story-telling, poetry, memoir writing, writing graphic novels and much, much more.

The festival Workshops explore getting started in writing, approaching publishers, marketing your book, writing poetry, fiction and memoir, writing for the stage, TV and radio, and general journalism. The programme includes a stimulating mix of talks, readings, interviews and workshops.

In conjunction with the Write by the Sea Festival, the Stella Maris Centre hosts a ‘Room to Write’ event on the second Saturday of each month. Room to Write provides opportunities to writers to write, to consult writing resources, to read, and to connect with other writers in a friendly, congenial atmosphere.

Festival events will take place in the Stella Maris Centre and the Lifeboat Building. For full details of the events, workshops, competitions and to book tickets for events please visit writebythesea.ie. You can also follow Write by the Sea Festival on Facebook or on Twitter for the latest details. If you have any queries then please send an email to [email protected].

Children’s Books Ireland International Conference

The Children’s Books Ireland International Conference is a weekend-long celebration of the very best in children’s books and is back for its 29th year, again at Dublin’s Light House Cinema. This annual event is a unique opportunity to critically reflect on the impact, imagination and importance of books for young people. Anyone with an interest in and a passion for children’s books is welcome to attend and participate in what is always an outward-looking, lively and thought-provoking event.

The theme of this year’s Children’s Books Ireland International Conference is Belonging and examines what is essential to being human – being part of a community or tribe. For children and young adults, books are a powerful tool for exploring the lives and experiences of others and discovering our common humanity.

Past guests have included picturebook creators Rob Biddulph Shaun TanJon KlassenHervé Tullet and Oliver Jeffers, authors Patrick NessKate di Camillo, Louise O’Neill and David Almond, and former UK Laureates  Lauren Child and Michael Rosen. This years speakers include Kwame Alexander, Mary Murphy, Jarvis, Celia Rees and many more.

The conference also includes the presentation of the annual CBI award. This award is made to an individual or organisation in recognition of an outstanding contribution to children’s books. The recipient is nominated by the members of Children’s Books Ireland in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the reading lives of children in Ireland

For full details please visit childrensbooksireland.ie. You can also follow on Facebook or on Twitter for the latest details. If you have any queries then please send an email to [email protected] or call +353 (0)1 8727475.

Bray Literary Festival

Bray Literary Festival is a festival organised by writers for writers and for lovers of literature. This year’s festival will be launched on Friday 20th September 2019 (Culture night) in the Town Hall, Bray. The festival itself will take place the following weekend from Friday 27th until Sunday 29th September with full days of readings, discussions, music, writing workshops and professional development talks for writers. The intention is  to host an eclectic mix of Ireland’s rising and established voices in poetry, fiction, memoir & music.

As part of the festival there will be a series of workshops running on Saturday and Sunday, the 28th and 29th September. All workshops cost €10 and will take place in St. Cronan’s National School, Vevay Crescent (off Main Street), Bray. To book, please email Breda at [email protected].

If you would like to attend a workshop, but don’t know what to do with the kids, sign them up for the Fighting Words workshop.

For full details of events, workshops, competitions and to book tickets for events please visit brayliteraryfestival.com. You can also follow Bray Literary Festival on Facebook or on Twitter for the latest details. If you have any queries then please send an email to [email protected].

Sligo Live Folk Roots and Indie Festival 2019

Sligo Live, now in its fifteenth year, has established itself as Ireland’s premier Autumn Music Festival. It combines the very best of traditional, folk, roots and indie music in warm and intimate venues, pubs, clubs and cafes, making for a relaxed and enjoyable weekend. With over 350 performers playing in almost 100 performances, with many of them free, the biggest problem faced by festival goers is choosing which performance to attend.

As part of the festivities, Sligo Live in association with Sligo Town Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann will be presenting the world renowned Fiddler of Dooney Competition. This competition, which was inaugurated in 1965, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of W B Yeats’s birth, is 54 years old this year. It was inspired by his poem of the same name. It is one of the most prestigious instrumental competitions in the tradition. Previous winners include Matt Cranitch, Cathal Hayden, Liz Kane, Paddy Glacken, Bríd Harper and Antoin MacGabhann.

During Sligo Live, there will be traditional sessions occurring in most of the local Pubs with top musicians performing. These sessions will be happening during the afternoon & night and are marvelous free entertainment open for all to attend. Please visit sligolive.ie for further details.

For full details of the programme and also the ARRIVALS/Emerging Artists programme and to book tickets for events please visit sligolive.ie. You can also follow Sligo Live on Facebook or on Twitter for the latest details.

If you have any queries then please send an email to [email protected].

Cooley-Collins Traditional Irish Music Festival 2019

The 35th Cooley-Collins Traditional Irish Music Festival will be happening in Gort, Co. Galway over the October Bank Holiday weekend. The Festival honours the memory of accordionist Joe Cooley and the great tin whistle player Kieran Collins. It will run from the 25th until the 28th of October. One can expect a great weekend of Music, Song and Dance featuring a great line up of musicians from the US, UK and from all over Ireland plus Gort’s own local musicians.

The Official opening of the Cooley-Collins Traditional Irish Music Festival will be at 7.30pm in Sullivans Hotel and will be followed by a Céilí featuring the “Star of Munster Céilí Band” at 9.30pm.

The festival will also feature a number of CD launches over the weekend.

Over the Festival Weekend, there will be traditional music sessions occurring in the Pubs throughout the town. These sessions will be happening at different times, day and night, and are marvellous free entertainment open for all to attend. Participating in them will be some of Ireland’s finest musicians. Details of the Session Trail can be found at Session Trail.

For information on the Festival and Accommodation, please visit cooleycollinstradfest.com and for the latest details, please follow on Facebook.

If you have any queries concerning the festival, then please send an email to [email protected] or you can call either +353 87 247 2503+353 91 631923, +353 87 796 4137 or +353 86 869 4971.

Scoil Cheoil na Botha 2019

Long established as one of the country’s most intimate and welcoming festivals, Scoil Cheoil na Botha returns to Scotstown, Co. Monaghan from October 11th – 13th for its 13th year. As in other years, the festival will feature an array of musical activities including instrumental and vocal workshops, tutor’s recital, heritage walks & talks, sessions for all levels and early years’ participatory events.

Workshops will be held on Saturday in Urbleshanney School with registration between 10am and 11am. The workshops will commence at 11am and continue until 3pm with a break for lunch between 1pm and 1:30pm. The workshops will be followed by a tutor’s recital at 3:30pm, classes will be held in the following instruments: Fiddle, Concertina, Flute, Banjo, Accordion and Harp as well as Singing.

This years Tutors are Donal O’Connor & Sorcha Costello (Fiddle), Tommy Fitzharris (Concertina), Martin Meehan (Flute), Paul Meehan (Banjo), Len Graham (Singing), Fiachna O Mongáin (Accordion) and Helen Lawlor (Harp)

A highlight of Scoil Cheoil na Botha is the ‘Cornagilta Concert’ which takes place in the intimate and atmospheric setting of the early 19th century neo-gothic schoolhouse. As seating is limited it is essential to book if you wish to attend this concert. To make a booking please email [email protected] or call +353 (0)86 386 2080

Sessions will occur over the course of the weekend in local establishments. Full details of the sessions and their location is available by visiting anbhoth.ie.

For further information and up to date details on this event please visit anbhoth.ie or follow on Facebook or Twitter. Alternatively, you can send an email to [email protected] or call either +353 (0)86 386 2080 or +353 (0)47 89161 if you have any queries.

O’Carolan Harp Festival 2019

The O’Carolan Harp Festival in Nobber, Co. Meath honours the poet, composer and harper Turlough O’Carolan, who was born there in 1670, with a series of events commencing on the 4th of October and running until the 6th of October. This year will see the festival celebrating its 32nd year.

The Official Opening of this years O’Carolan Harp Festival will performed by Tomás MacUileagóid in the George Eogan Cultural & Heritage Centre at 8pm followed by Friday nights concert featuring the Junior Meath Harp Ensemble, Helen Davies & Poul Høxbro, Cormac de Barra & Ann Marie O’Farrell. To finish off the evening there will be an open session in Dee Local Pub.

Starting Saturday morning at 9am, registration for the Workshops and Competitions commences in the O’Carolan College.  It is advised that for those wishing to attend the workshops or compete in one of the competitions that they book their places ONLINE due to the popularity of these workshops and competitions.

The Harp Workshops will run from 10am until 1pm and will be taught through the oral tradition and will focus on Irish traditional music. The Tutors for this years Harp Workshops will be Gráinne Hambly, Cormac De Barra, Kim Fleming and Michael Rooney. Tutors will be allocated on the day.

Also on Saturday between 10am and 5pm there will be a Harp Makers Exhibition where you can try the latest Salvi Harps or treat your harp to a service.

The O’Carolan Harp Festival Concert on Saturday night will again be in the George Eogan Cultural & Heritage Centre and will feature the Louth Harp Ensemble under the direction of Deirdre ni Buchalla, followed by Kavan Donohoe from Cavan, then the wonderful musicians of the Meath Harp Ensemble will take to the stage led by Dearbhail Finnegan and finally Michael Rooney plays the harp! This will definitely be a night not to be missed! Then to complete the evening, there will be an open session. This time the venue will be Keogan’s Pub, all musician’s welcome.

Sunday the October 6th will begin with a Traditional Mass (Aifreann Traidisúnta) in St John the Baptist church at 11am. Music will be provided by members by the O’Carolan branch of Comhaltas.

For more information and to view the full programme of events, please visit the O’Carolan Harp Festival website.

Tickets for concerts, competitions and workshops are available for online purchase by clicking the link Book Tickets.

For the latest up to date information about the festival, please follow it on Facebook. If you have any queries concerning the festival, then please call Dearbhail Finnegan on +353 (0)87 618 6305 or send an email to [email protected].

Glenties Fiddlers Weekend 2019

The Glenties Fiddlers Weekend is a major gathering of fiddle players established in 1983 and held annually in The Highlands Hotel, Glenties on the first weekend in October. This popular event is for anyone interested in fiddle music with the formal programme including classes, a concert with special guest fiddle players, talks and occasional recitals.

Friday night is always the occasion for some great fiddle music as players from all over Ireland arrive in Glenties for the weekend. Fiddle players from the Scottish tradition are commonly featured as are both young and established players from the Donegal tradition. Workshops for persons who have already achieved a level of playing are provided during the course of the weekend.

What makes this festival special is its emphasis on the fiddle and on the Donegal style, The Donegal style is quite different and distinctive compared to the relatively homogenous styles and tune traditions of the rest of the country. Add to that the dedication of those who travel to the festival and the natural warmth and character of the local Donegal musicians, and you have a recipe for a weekend of great craic and tremendous music.

On Saturday at 1pm there will be a talk given by Graham Dixon on the Music of James Hill with Stewart Hardy on fiddle.

The Concert on Saturday night is a highlight of the Glenties Fiddlers Weekend. It will  be in The Highlands Hotel, starting at 9pm. Performing in the concert will be Stewart Hardy performing the fiddle music of James Hill, Roisin & Ella McGrory, Peter Campbell and Clare Friel.

Then on Saturday & Sunday between 11 and 12.30pm there will be Fiddle Workshops with a special one-off fiddle class on Saturday between 3 and 5pm given by Stewart Hardy on James Hill fiddle tunes. This class will be suitable for advanced level players only.

For further information and up to date details on this event, including booking a place on a workshop, please visit donegalfiddlemusic.ie or Facebook. Alternatively, you can either send an email to [email protected] or call +353 (0)86 340 9019 if you have any queries.

Aspects Irish Literature Festival

The Aspects Irish Literature Festival returns to Bangor for its 28th year. There are over 40 events on this year’s programme. The Festival celebrates writing in all its forms with events for writers, readers and both covering historic writing, poetry, crime-fiction, writing workshops, children’s events, politics, memoir, journalism, script-writing, short stories and exhibitions. There will also be book launches and a good programme of child-friendly family events.

This year back by popular demand are Aspects’ friends; Michael Longley, Fergal Keane and Malachi O’Doherty as well as local talent in Moyra Donaldson, Ian Sansom and Colin Bateman.

The Aspects Irish Literature Festival is also pleased to host the launch of Darina Allen’s new cookbook and Gerald Dawe’s latest poetry collection.

Bangor is situated at the head of the Ards Peninsula which is a great touring route, so it would be easy to combine touring the region with picking up an event or two at the festival. Some of the events will be taking place in the grounds of Bangor Castle, which is really a mansion rather than a castle. It was built in Victorian times in a  Elizabethan-Jacobean style and now houses the local authority offices. It’s a lovely setting with magnificent gardens.

For all the latest information for the various events over the weekend, book places at the ticketed events or to download the festival program please check out the Aspects Irish Literature Festival website at aspectsfestival.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]. You can also call either Ards Arts Centre on +44 (0)28 9181 0803 or North Down Museum on +44 (0)28 9127 1200.

Ed Reavy Traditional Music Festival 2019

The 5th Ed Reavy Traditional Music Festival takes place this October from the 18th to the 20th and incorporates a variety of Concerts, Music Workshops, Fiddle Masterclasses, Sean-Nós/Set Dancing Workshops, 3 Set Dancing Céilis, Comhrá Gaeilge Workshops, Historical Exhibitions and Talks as well as numerous Sessions. It takes place at The Cavan Crystal Hotel and at other venues around Cavan Town.

The Festival celebrates Ed Reavy, the renowned Irish American musician and composer of traditional Irish dance tunes. Born in Barnagrove, Cootehill, Co. Cavan in 1898, Ed emigrated to Philadelphia in 1912 where he lived till his passing in 1988. An outstanding fiddler, he recorded for the Victor record label in 1927. It is estimated that he wrote between 400 and 500 tunes.

The Ed Reavy Traditional Music Festival will launch on Friday night at the Meadow View Inn at 9:30pm with a performance by Seoda who were the 2018 winners of The Battle of the Bands competition. This will be followed by an open Session.

The Ed Reavy International Fiddler of The Year competition will be held on Saturday afternoon in The Cavan Crystal Hotel, starting at 1.30pm. The competition covers both Junior (U-16) and Senior (O-16) categories. It has a prize fund of over €2,000. If you would like to enter the competition, then please click Entry to download the application form which covers both age categories and return the completed form by Wednesday 16th October.

On Saturday night at The Cavan Crystal Hotel there will be a concert featuring The MacGabhann Family. This will commence at 8:30pm. Supporting artists will include Cavan Fiddlers, the 2019 Ed Reavy Fiddle Competition Winner, Gary Curley, Stephan McKee & Gerry McMahon, Shane Meehan and House of Hamill (USA).

The Ed Reavy Traditional Music Festival also incorporates ‘Dancing in the Drumlins’, with Set-dancing and Sean-nós performances and Workshops/Classes and Céilis throughout the weekend.

Further information and up to date details can be viewed on Facebook by visiting EdReavyTradFest. Information is also available by visiting the Cavan Town CCÉ website at cavantowncomhaltas.ie. Alternatively, for any queries and booking places you can send an email to [email protected] or call +353 (0)86 083 2250 if you have any queries.