Great line-up for 2019 O’Carolan Harp Festival


The O’Carolan Harp Festival will return to Keadue this August Bank Holiday with a wide range of events taking place from Friday, August 2nd to Monday, August 5th.

  Deputy Eugene Murphy will perform the official opening of this year’s O’Carolan Harp Festival at 3.30 pm on Sunday, August 4th.    

  The popular festival will kick off with a Ceili in St. Ronan’s Hall at 10 pm on Friday, August 2nd with music by Rise The Dust.

  Saturday, August 3rd will see Harp competitions taking place from 10.30 am ahead of a Family Fun Day which begins at 2 pm. Family Fun Day promises to be a brilliant day for the whole family to enjoy with events including football, bouncy castles and loads of other surprises.

  15-18 years and Senior Harp competitions will commence at 2.30 on Saturday. Then, at 9 pm, Beezneez Theatre Company will stage ‘An Ordinary Man’ at St. Ronan’s Hall. This is a night of theatre not to be missed!

  Sunday, August 4th is another busy day of events at the O’Carolan Harp Festival, beginning with the opening of crafts, foods and arts displays at 2.30 pm in O’Carolan Heritage Park.

  The Festival Parade, led by the Raheen Pipe Band from Elphin, will take place at 3 pm from the Church car park. This will be a sample of the cultural, business, voluntary and everyday life of the region and will pass St. Ronan’s Hall.

  There will then be music from the GigRig at St. Ronan’s Hall with ‘Men of the West’ featuring Stephen Doherty, David Doocey and Pat Coyne from 4.30 pm.

  One of the highlights of the festival will take place at 9 pm in St. Ronan’s Hall. Téada will perform with Seamus Begley, another event not to be missed!

  On Monday, August 5th there will be a visit to O’Carolan’s grave at Kilronan Cemetery where there will be a laying of a wreath.

  At 12 pm, Jody Moylan will present a lecture in Kilronan Castle entitled ‘Roderic O’Conor’, about a Roscommon-born artist of the same name who enjoyed international fame.

  At 3 pm there will be music, song and dance with youth members of Keadue CCE while at 4 pm, Rakish will be live from Heritage Park with traditional Irish, folk and country music. Admission free.

  Finally, at 7 pm on Monday, the internationally-renowned Door Dancing competition will take place with music by Liam Purcell and friends.

  For more information or to book tickets to this year’s O’Carolan Harp Festival, contact:
Harp Secretary (087-7745878),
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