> Dan Mozell request:
> I know that people frequently request information about musical
> events, clubs, etc. I've only recently rejoined IRTRAD-L, so I
> apologize if this is a repeat question. My parents are going to
> Ireland and would like to know dates and locations of any
> traditional music and dance that fits their schedule; Pubs,
> festivals, anything at all. Here's where they'll be:
> June 23: Limerick
> June 24-25: Lisdoonvarna, County Clare
> June 26-27: Bundoran, Co. Donegal
> June 28-29: Dublin
> June 30-July 1: Waterford
> July 2-3: Cork
> July 4-5: Killarney, County Kerry
> July 6: Limerick
> By the way, when and where is the Carolan festival?
> Thanks alot for any help!
Below is a list of events in Ireland which I received from Liam
Ferrie as part of my subscription to "The Irish Emigrant" a
weekly network newsletter that is emailed on Mondays of news
from Ireland which includes news on politics, sports, music,
N.Ireland and more. Subscription is $35 or Ir#20, those
interested can contact Liam Ferrie at <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Calendar of Summer Events in Ireland
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 1994 12:23:41 +0100 (BST)
From: Liam Ferrie <[log in to unmask]>
A number of readers requested that rather than give details of
which festivals are taking place each week that I provide the
information in advance so that they will know what to expect when
they are here on holiday. The attached, then, is a list of the
more important festivals and summer schools scheduled for the
next few months.
11th-12th ULSTER'S SIXTH STORYTELLING FESTIVAL, CULTRA, CO.DOWN.
Storytelling for adults and children, also music and
8th-19th THE MUSIC FESTIVAL IN GREAT IRISH HOUSES.
Major Irish and international classical musicians and
singers in some of the most splendid Irish houses,
including Castletown, Strokestown, Carton and
11th-19th AN TOSTAL, DRUMSHANBO, CO.LEITRIM.
This is the only continuous celebration of this
festival in the country and features feiseanna,
traditional bands, set dancing workshops and art
competitions for children.
17th-19th FLEADH AMHRAN AGUS RINCE, BALLYCASTLE, CO.ANTRIM.
Traditional music, song and dance culminating in a
"Concert of Champions".
18th-29th ACHILL ARCHAEOLOGICAL SUMMER SCHOOL, DOOAGH, ACHILL,
Excavations, field trips and lectures.
25th-JULY 2nd SYNGE SUMMER SCHOOL, RATHDRUM, CO.WICKLOW.
"Irish Theatre and Cinema" is the theme this year,
with readings, theatre workshops, lectures and live
29th-JULY 3rd GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL,
On the 150th anniversary of the poet's birth the
programme includes guest speakers and performers from
Sweden, Russia and the US.
30th-JULY 2nd JONATHAN SWIFT SEMINAR, ST. PATRICK'S COLLEGE,
"The Legacy of Swift" will be examined by, among
others, John Banville, Mary McGuckian and Professor
30th-JULY 3rd THE BRAM STOKER INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL,
The influences on Dracula, both literary and Irish,
are included in this year's theme "Gothic
10th-17th KILTARTAN HEDGE SCHOOL, GORT, CO.GALWAY.
Of a different style, this school concentrates on the
works of Yeats and Lady Gregory in their natural
settings of Thoor Ballylee and Coole Park.
13th-24th GALWAY ARTS FESTIVAL.
This has the usual line-up of unusual and exotic acts
from abroad and the famous Macnas group's annual
parade is this year entitled "Tribes".
13th-18th GALWAY FILM FLEADH.
The fleadh runs a series of films (last year over 100)
at various venues around the city and is usually
attended by one or two famous "names".
14th-17th FESTIVAL FRANCAIS DE PORTARLINGTON, CO.LAOIS.
Art workshops, French and Cajun music and dance in a
celebration of the Huguenot influence on the town.
INTERNATIONAL BUSKING FESTIVAL, DERRY.
The prize fund of Stg 2#3,000 attracts contestants both
national and international.
17th-29th JAMES JOYCE SUMMER SCHOOL, NEWMAN HOUSE, ST STEPHEN'S
GREEN, DUBLIN 2.
The usual run of lectures is interspersed with outings
around Dublin, including the pubs, and a coach tour to
the Boyne Valley.
21st-24th DUN LAOGHAIRE FESTIVAL.
Features arts and entertainment for adults and
children, including a song contest.
22nd-24th TEMPLE BAR BLUES FESTIVAL.
Free live music in 18 pubs and locations in the area
with a free open-air concert in College Green.
23rd-24th ULSTER FLEADH CHEOIL, ARMAGH.
Competition for traditional musicians with the usual
sessions inside and outside bars.
25th-30th JOHN HEWITT INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL, CARNLOUGH,
This year's school focuses on the literature, culture
and politics of the city in general, and the Northern
Irish city in particular. Music and excursions will
also be included.
25th-AUG 6th BOYLE ARTS FESTIVAL, CO.ROSCOMMON.
This major arts festival includes poetry readings,
classical music and operatic recitals, traditional
music and a literary exhibition.
29th-31st ATHY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL, ATHY, CO.KILDARE.
Bluegrass bands from Ireland, Europe and the US.
29th-AUG 1st BALLYSHANNON INTERNATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL,
Top traditional and folk banks take over the town for
29th-AUG 7th O'CAROLAN TRADITIONAL IRISH HARP MUSIC FESTIVAL,
Harp recitals and competitions with peripheral dancing
30th-31st FEILE '94, SEMPLE STADIUM, THURLES, CO.TIPPERARY.
Probably the last, (though I seem to remember the same
being said last year), this year's line-up includes
The Cranberries, Elvis Costelloe and the Attractions,
Crash Test Dummies, Primal Scream and The Stunning.
2nd-11th KERRY INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL OF LIVING IRISH
As the title suggests, this school concentrates on
those writers who are still with us, and further
enlivens the proceedings with excursions.
5th-7th LETTERKENNY INTERNATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL, CO.DONEGAL.
Macnas will also be featured in this festival, which
includes singers and dancers from Ireland, the UK and
TRADITIONAL MUSIC WEEKEND FESTIVAL, FEAKLE, CO.CLARE.
The town is completely taken over each year by the
musicians who include, this year, Liam O'Flynn, Noel
Hill and singer Sean Tyrell.
6th-20th YEATS INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL, SLIGO.
This year is its 35th and the topics to be covered
include "Yeats, Eliot and the Mythical Method", "The
(Other) View from the Tower: George Yeats" and "Yeats
8th-14th WILLIAM CARLETON SUMMER SCHOOL, CLOGHER, CO.TYRONE.
The theme for this year, the bicentenary of Carleton's
birth, is "William Carleton and the Irish Literary
BELFAST FOLK FESTIVAL.
Over 50 events are promised, mostly held in pubs, with
a line-up including artists from Australia, Russia,
Bolivia and the US.
9th-14th BELFAST HARP FESTIVAL, ULSTER FOLK & TRANSPORT MUSEUM,
Workshops, lectures and performances focused on
teaching the harp.
10th-12th PUCK FAIR, KILLORGLIN, CO.KERRY.
Apart from the ritual crowning of the goat,
participants will be entertained by traditional and
other musicians and a busking competition.
11th-20th COOTEHILL ARTS FESTIVAL, CO.CAVAN.
Various bands, and a street parade are among the items
listed so far for this festival.
14th-19th THE PATRICK MACGILL INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL,
The author's daughters, both writers, will be in
attendance this year, and events include several art
14th-21st PARNELL SUMMER SCHOOL, AVONDALE, CO.WICKLOW.
"Gender, Class and Politics" will be discussed by John
Hume, Gemma Hussey, Emily O'Reilly, Bernadette
McAliskey, Brian Lenihan and several more. There will
also be a Percy French evening.
18th-21st THE GENERAL HUMBERT SUMMER SCHOOL, BALLINA AND
Political, economic and cultural topics will be
discussed by speakers from the US and Europe under the
title "Bridging the Atlantic".
20th-27th MERRIMAN SUMMER SCHOOL, BALLYVAUGHAN, CO.CLARE.
The examination of rural Ireland is the topic for this
year, in conjunction with the usual activities, from
set-dancing to Irish classes.
20th-28th KILKENNY ARTS WEEK.
A concentration on classical music is the hallmark of
this event, though it also includes theatre and
26th-28th FLEADH CHEOIL NA H-EIREANN, CLONMEL, CO.TIPPERARY.
The culmination of the county and regional
competitions, the fleadh also includes many impromptu
sessions in pubs or on the street (weather
2nd-4th CLIFDEN COUNTRY BLUES FESTIVAL, CLIFDEN, CO.GALWAY.
Previous visitors to this festival have included Van
Morrison and Eric Clapton, the latter actually joining
in one of the sessions.
9th-11th CORK FOLK FESTIVAL, CORK CITY.
Events both large and small will be augmented this
year by a special Sean O'Riada commemorative concert.
14th-18th OSCAR WILDE SUMMER SCHOOL, BRAY, CO.WICKLOW.
In its inaugural year the event will include lectures,
workshops, tours, theatre outings and social events.