The O’Carolan Harp Festival 2016 takes place between Friday, 29th July and Monday, 1st August. Fun walk/run on Friday followed by céili with Rise the Dust. There will be a Harp competition on Saturday starting at 10.30 am, sponsored by Arigna Fuels. This will be followed by a dance on Saturday night with Patrick Feeney and Band, preceded by the selection of the King and Queen of the festival.
There will be crafts, foods and art displays on Sunday before the festival parade at 3 pm followed by the official opening of the festival by Deputy Eugene Murphy with music on the street with Brian Mostyn and friends (Marshy Ridge). This will preceed Stockton’s Wing in concert, in St. Ronan’s Hall, Keadue at 9 pm.
On Monday at 11 am there will be a visit to Turlough O’Carolan’s grave in Kilronan cemetery. This will be followed by a 12 pm lecture in Kilronan Castle by May Moran, local historian, entitled ‘Fr. Michael O’Flanagan (1876-1942) – Priest, Republican, Social Activist & Scholar’.
At 3 pm there will be street entertainment with youth members of Keadue C.C.E. followed by traditional music with Cúig. At 7 pm there will be a ‘Door Dancing’ competition with Liam Purcell and friends.
This year’s O’Carolan Harp Festival promises to be another great weekend of entertainment.