Book now to attend 16th annual Percy French Festival

The 16th annual Percy French Festival will be held next month on the grounds of the beautiful Castlecoote House in County Roscommon, with the event spanning over three days from July 17th to July 19th inclusive.

This year’s festival follows the theme ‘Our Great Disconnect’, and will explore a variety of topics from different historical, social, political, and artistic perspectives.

A series of talks over the three days will analyse this theme by taking a look at ‘disconnection’ and what it means within the context of the past, the present, and the future.

Musical performances and recitals will, as ever, form a significant part of this year’s festival, with renowned musician Don Baker set to perform, as well as Roscommon natives Michael Banahan and singer-songwriter Ciara Lawless.

The keynote speaker for this year’s festival is former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, who will be attending the event on Thursday, July 18th. Ahern, who served as Taoiseach from 1997 to 2008, and whose major role in the Northern Ireland peace process has been widely hailed, will discuss the prospects for a United Ireland in his address to the annual festival in Castlecoote. His perspective on this issue – and how a ‘new Ireland’ might look – will be eagerly awaited, and promises to be a highlight of this year’s conference.

The festival will feature a number of similarly distinguished speakers, who are all well established in their respective fields, including Dr Brian Griffin, Dr Tony McCarthy, Dr Pauric Travers, Dr Kevin Kiely, Dr Pádraig Lenihan, Dr Michael Hardiman, Dr Eve Watson, James Bradshaw, Louise Lennon, Pearse O’Shiel, Nell Smyth, Caroline Kelly, Audrey Flynn, and Dr Margaret Daly Denton (who will be delivering the Sean Freyne Memorial Lecture).

The festival’s early booking special offer is ongoing, and organisers have stressed that tickets sell out quickly – so be sure to get your tickets now to secure your place at this informative event!

Tickets are currently available at a cost of €50 for Wednesday (July 17th) or Friday (July 19th), and €65 for Thursday (July 18th). This covers the cost of admission to the three/four lectures and afternoon recital that day, as well as tea/coffee/homemade cakes during the morning break.

The ticket office can be contacted on 090 666 3794 or via email at Tickets can also be booked online at, where further details and the full schedule are also available.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to attend this year’s engaging festival!