Ceol & Craic at the O’Carolan Harp Festival

Keadue is preparing for the 35th O’Carolan Harp Festival from August 2- 5 with a host of top quality, toe tapping entertainment.

Keadue is preparing for the 35th O’Carolan Harp Festival from August 2- 5 with a host of top quality, toe tapping entertainment.

The Summer School in traditional music, song and dance preceded the festival, from July 29 - August 2.

Ceili by Swallows Tail kick start the festival this Friday. On Saturday, August 3 the International Harp Competitions will take place, that night’s concert in Keadue Church is Tale of the Gael. Saturday night Sean Brennan plays for The Gathering in St Ronan’s Hall. Sean who is from Lanesboro recently spent some time in Keadue and around Kilronan Castle filming for his latest hit “Katie from Sweet Keadue.”

The Harp Recital and traditional music and dancing will be in Kilronan Castle Hotel on July 31.

Independent TD Denis Naughten will offically open the O’Carolan Festival on Sunday, August 4 after the parade led by Raheen Pipe Band at 3.30pm. There will be trad music sessions with Shebeen and Liam Purcell and Sean Nós ar an tSionnann. Sunday night’s concert sees a long awaited return visit of Sharon Shannon and her band. Sharon has recorded and toured with a who’s who of the Irish and Global Music Industry, Including Bono, Adam Clayton, Sinead O Connor, Jackson Browne, John Prine, Steve Earle, Mark Knopfler, The RTE Concert Orchestra, The Chieftains, The Waterboys,

Willie Nelson, Nigel Kennedy, Alison Krauss and Shane MacGowan – a list that is testament to Sharon’s versatility as well as talent. The genre-defying star has had multi-platinum album sales and has had several number one albums, singles and DVDs in her home country.

Tickets for the Sharon Shannon Concert in Keadue can be booked online at or at O’ Donnell’s Shop, Keadue Tel: 0719647216

On August 5 visit the grave of Turlough O’Carolan, a lecture will take place in Kilronan Castle Hotel titled, “At home with Josie McDermott” by Alan Tongue. At 3pm there will be Music Song and Dance with Padraig Sweeney and Lough Allen Ceoltóirí which will be followed at 4pm by Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfe Tones. The band will play on the outdoor stage, playing along with Derek will be singer,songwriter Padraic Allan, multi instrumentalist Damaris Woods and her brother Jim Woods who plays excellent bodhrán and a sweet accordion.

Bank Holiday Monday evening, is the now famous Door Dancing Competition at 7pm where traditional dancers dance on a door with Liam Purcell and Friends providing the music and Eugene Murphy of Shannonside Radio as MC.

Booking and info at and 071 9647204.