Patrick O’Keeffe festival (Oct)

Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Irish Music Festival this October Bank Holiday Weekend

Traditional Music all weekend as well as the regular Friday night session, Line up to follow! 

Check out their site for details:


*****Programme of Events ********

The 26th Annual Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival

Castleisland, Co. Kerry, Ireland.

October 26th – 29th 2018

(Provisional, Subject to change) Please share.

Friday, Oct 26th:

9.00pm. Patrick O’ Keeffe Traditional Music opening with musical accompaniment. River Island Hotel

10pm. Pub Trail begins with organised and impromptu sessions with Ireland’s top traditional musicians in pubs throughout the town. A detailed programme will be available online and in the pubs and River Island hotel.

Saturday, Oct 27th:

9.45 am. Registration for music classes, all levels catered for. St. Patricks Secondary school, College Rd. (All Classes will be Sliabh Luachra orientated)

10.00am. Fiddle Classes – with Connie O’Connell & Emma O Leary

10.00am Accordion Class with Paudie O’ Connor.

2pm: Fiddle Recital / Concert in the Ivy Leaf Arts Centre, Hosted by Matt Cranitch, Gerry Harrington, Emma O’ Leary, Paddy Jones, Connie O’Connell, Andrea Palandri, and Aoife O’ Keeffe.

2.30pm: Popup Gaerltacht le Éamonn Ó Braoin – Brush up on your conversational Irish in an informal, relaxed class with Éamonn Ó Braoin in Nana Bea’s restaurant, (beside the new library)

Pub trail runs all day.

From 4.00: Singing Concert in Hartnett’s Bar with Mickey MacConnell, Tim Dennehy, & friends. Hosted by Aileen Rowntree.

Saturday Night: Pub trail continues until late.

Sunday, Oct 28th:

11:30am Mass with traditional music for the departed friends of the festival. Followed by a musical remembrance at St. John’s graveyard.

1pm: Pub trail runs all day.

3pm: Céilí Mór in the Riocht with the Donnie Nolan Céilí Band.

3pm: Singing Workshop. All singers welcome. Hosted by Joe Walsh & Mikey O’ Connor.

6.30pm: Lecture On the music of Sliabh Luachra

Sunday night: Pub Trail Continues.

***** Sunday Night 8.00p.m. ***** Anniversary Concert

Ireland’s top traditional musicians.

M.C. Tim Dennehy

Presentation of the of the “Dedication to Sliabh Luachra” award to Timmy O’ Connor, Newmarket.

Pub trail continues.


Monday, October 29th

1pm. pub trail will continue all day till late.


Poet & Writer Gabriel Fitzmaurice inviting the so inclined to a poetry writing work shop in Browne’s back Bar