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:
We have a great line up for you in 2013 including the following:
- Family Fun
Tickets will be available ON LINE in due course.
Don't forget that priority booking is given to the Friends of Feakle Festival. You can become a friend by making a donation here.
Fiddle: Eileen O’Connor, Martin Hayes & Yvonne Kane
Accordion: Dermot Byrnes
Concertina: Cormac Begley (Intermediate), Tim Collins (advanced), Mary Mac Namara ( Adults only)
Banjo: Paraic MacDonnchadaha
Flute:Leon Agnew and Tara Diamond (Intermediate/Advanced)
Tin Whistle: Tutor to be confirmed
Traditional Singing/Sean-nos Singing: Deirdre Scanlan.
€20 per day; €50 for three days
A degree of competency is required for all instrumental workshops
Enrol at the National School from 9am onwards on Thursday 8th August
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Session Info will be posted here as soon as we have the information!.
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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
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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 2013 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 2013. 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!
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.