O’Carolan Harp Festival on Sky

Some of Ireland’s best known and most acclaimed musicians, singers and dancers including De Danann and Eleanor Shanley will feature in a special SKY TV programme this Thursday, August 16.

Some of Ireland’s best known and most acclaimed musicians, singers and dancers including De Danann and Eleanor Shanley will feature in a special SKY TV programme this Thursday, August 16.

The programme produced and filmed by IRISH TV at the internationally renowned O’Carolan Harp Festival in Keadue shines a spotlight on this picturesque north Roscommon village. The O’Carolan Harp festival, which began in 1978, commemorates the world famous Harper Turlough O’Carolan. His magical music has featured in concertos and concert halls around the globe over the past century.

Highlights from the hour long TV programme, which will be broadcast on SKY TV channel 191, Freesat 403 and online at www.irishtv.ie this Thursday at 9pm include a poignant wreath laying ceremony at his graveside at Kilronan cemetery. Beautiful Harp music from the festival will feature throughout the show with polished performances from tutors and pupils.

“I have visited every corner of Ireland filming over the past year and Keadue is right up there at the very top. From the minute you arrive in the village there is a ‘Céad Míle Fáilte’ for everyone and the beauty and tranquillity of the village will stay with me for a long time,” commented IRISH TV presenter Pierce O’Reilly.

Speaking about the SKY TV programme on IRISH TV, festival secretary Padraig Noone stated, “We were thrilled to have Pierce and his IRISH TV crew in Keadue all weekend for the festival. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the village and region to a huge audience and I know the viewers will enjoy the programme.

“The O’Carolan Harp festival always brings great excitement to our village as we honour one of the greatest Irish music composers of any era. I want to thank the entire IRISH TV crew for their interest and professionalism all weekend long.”

The show will be repeated again the following Sunday and Monday night at 7pm.