About Our Festival
Feakle, in County Clare, is a parish with very proud credentials: many well known people have their roots here. People of the past of high renown include Brian Merriman who wrote the wonderful poem The Midnight Court and Johnny Patterson who composed many songs. Later years brought playwright Kieran Sheedy, sociologist Fr Harry Bohan, former Clare hurling manager Ger Loughnane and many more who have graced the national stage with great success.
Our musical culture has always been a major focal point over the years. People like PJ Hayes, Francie Donnellan, Paddy Canny, Martin Rochford together with present day players like Mary McNamara, Mark Donnellan, Andrew McNamara, Vincent Griffin, Paddy O'Donoghue, Seamus Bugler and many more who have kept the tradition alive.
Martin Hayes can be heard worldwide as he enthrals audiences with his unique style.
The famous Tulla Céilí Band, founded by the late PJ Hayes, still plays regularly for céilís including the closing céilí in Feakle on the Sunday night of the Festival calendar.
The musical tradition is kept alive all year round with regular sessions at Shortt's Bar on Thursday nights and in Pepper's Bar on Wednesday nights. Many impromptu sessions take place on other nights of the week throughout the village and concerts are regularly held at Pepper's. The younger musicians are taken care of with top quality music teachers Mary McNamara and Vincent Griffin.
Feakle Festival is now in its 26th year and we hope that you will come and join us.
The full programme is available HERE or by day
Artists at Feakle Festival 2014 include:
The Irish Concertina Ensemble, Lumiere, Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, Donal Murphy Band, Eileen O'Brien, Sean Tyrell, London Lasses, Boruma Trio, Katie Greene & Helen Hayes, The Lena Ullman Band, John Canny, Mark Donnellan, Brian Donnellan & Michael Landers, Martin Connolly, Eileen O’Brien & Geraldine Cotter, Andrew Mac Namara, Gerard Devane & more.
Tickets are available online.
Don't forget that priority seating is given to the Friends of Feakle Festival. You can become a friend by making a donation here.
10am to 1pm -Thursday, Friday & Saturday
Fiddle (National School): Martin Hayes, Yvonne Kane & Eileen O’Brien
Accordion (Bohans): Dermot Byrne
Concertina (National School): Mary MacNamara (Adults only); Edel Fox & Cormac Begley
Whistle (National School): Seán Ryan
Flute (National School): Tara Diamond & Harry Bradley (Intermediate/advanced)
Banjo (Peppers): Páraic Mac Donnchadha
Guitar, (Community Centre): Dennis Cahill
Seanós Dancing (Shortts): Suzanne Leahy, Set Dancing (Bohans): Mairead Casey.
Traditional Singing/ Seanós Singing (Moloneys): Elle Marie O’Dwyer
€20 per day; €50 for three days. A degree of competency is required for all instrumental workshops. Please note Seanós Dancing and Set Dancing workshops will run for three days: €10.00 per day or €25.00 for three days.
Musicians should enrol at their venue, from 9am onwards on Thursday 7th, i.e. National School except for Accordion - Bohans,
Set Dancing - Bohans,
Seanos dancing - Shortts,
Singing - Moloneys,
Banjo - Peppers,
Guitar - Community Centre.
Seanós Dancing for Children with Gerard Devane (Saturday afternoon 3:00 - 5:00 pm) is at the National School. Admission €5.00
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There will be informal sessions all weekend with:
Liz & Yvonne Kane, Seamus Begley, Páraic Mac Donnchadha, Karen Ryan, Chris O'Malley and the London Lasses, Donal Murphy, Mike Galvin, Theresa Kavanagh, Liam Murphy, Sean Vaughan, Noel O’Donoghue, Felim Collins, Hugh Healy, Conal O’Grada, Benny McCarthy, Dave Sheridan, Tonnta Ceoil with Mark Burke, Shane Coughlan & Gavin Coughlan; Eileen O’Brien, Andrew MacNamara, Geraldine Cotter, Martin Hayes, Dermot Byrne, Tara & Helen Diamond, Harry Bradley, Sean Ryan, Mary MacNamara, Cormac Begley, Edel Fox, John Canny, Mark Donnellan, Laura Donnellan, Brian Donnellan, Michael Landers, Martin Glynn, Charlie Harris, Martin Connolly, Tara Breen, Danny O’Mahony, Dennis Cahill, Donal O’Connor, Jackie Daly, Gerry Harrington, Joan Hanrahan, Dympna O’Sullivan, Florianne Blancke, Aoife Hayes, Ciara Hayes, Colm Gannon, Kelly Geraghty, Junji Shirota, Mareka Naito, Martin Hayes, Josephine Marsh, Mick Kinsella, Eoghan O’Sullivan, Pat O’Connor, Brendan Hearty, Terry Bingham, Christy Barry, Kevin Carey, Eoin O’Neill, Claire Egan, Claire Keville, Leon Agnew, Breda Keville, Terence O’Reilly, Gearoid McNamara, Amy McNamara, Ged Foley, Paul Smyth, Mark Gregory, Pat Mullins, Seamus Bugler, Vincent Griffin, Mary Corry, Aishling Hunt, Sorcha Costelloe, Tony Trundle Ben Taylor, Howard and many more. (This list is subject to change)
Lots of information about the festival can be found via the links below.
Getting Here, Information about getting to Feakle can be found HERE
Accommodation, Information about where to stay at Feakle can be found HERE
Camping, Information about camping at the festival can be found HERE
Buy CDs and DVDs, HERE
The festival office, based in the Community Centre, will be open from 3pm Wed 6th August 2014.
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Arts funding has been cut significantly in Ireland over the past few years and this has created a real question as to the survival of events like Feakle Festival.
The Friends of Feakle Festival are a group of people who help us by making a donation towards the ever increasing cost of running the festival.
Why not become a 'Friend of Feakle Festival' for 2014 and make a donation of 25 Euro? All the donations to 'Feakle Friends' goes towards the ever increasing costs of putting on the Festival.
Each Friend will be entitled to receive priority booking and seating, for up to two people (in total), at each ticketed event at the Festival in 2014. Should you wish to donate for someone else please just amend the number of donations in the shopping cart and advise us of the additional name(s) of the person(s) you are donating for.
Just click on the donation button below and you are on your way to helping the Festival and getting the best seats in the house!
Some Previous Festival Photos
We hope to get an archive of previous festival photos back on line via Flickr in due course.home Previous Next
We get extremely busy in the weeks coming up to the festival so please only contact us by the email link on the left if you have a real difficulty or issue. We're happy to help.
The Festival Office is based in the Community Centre and you can get information, buy CDs and book and collect prebooked tickets (the only way to guarantee your seat!) there.
Click on the Map below to find your way around the village.