Full weekend pass

  A Full weekend Pass allows you entry to ALL events over the duration of the weekend ….

Téada and Séamus Begley

Jackie Daly Lifetime Achievement Concert


  – Launch Event – Entry to Masterclass – Fiddle Concert with Sliabh Luachra’s top fiddlers – Singing concert
– Album Launches – Pop Up Gaeltacht – Entry to Festival Club (Scannal) – Poetry Extravaganza with Gabriel Fitzmaurice



2 Concerts for €30 Limited Offer ….


Friday 25th October 2019

Venue: The River Island Hotel.
Doors Open: 7pm

Pádraig remembered by three of his pupils : Paddy Jones, Maida McQuinn-Sugrue and Martin O'Connor. Presented by Matt Cranitch

Followed by session
Matt Cranitch, Eoin Stan O'Sullivan, Paddy Jones, Maida Sugrue, P.J Teahan




Saturday 26th October 2019

Masterclasses & Classes

Fiddle, Accordion, Banjo, Flute, Concertina, Uileann Pipes, Singing
-  Intermediate and improvers/advanced levels catered for.

Venue:  St Patrick's Secondary School, College Road, Castleisland
Doors:   9.30am.... Classes 10am-1pm

Tutors include:
Connie O'Connell
Peter Browne
Paudie O'Connor
Brian Mooney
Liam O'Brien
Eamonn O'Riordan
Derek Hickey
Emma O'Leary

More details on tutors

Saturday 26th October 2019

Singing Concert

Venue: Hartnett's Bar, Main St. Castleisland
Doors: 4pm

Niamh Parsons
Ger O'Donnell
Mickey MacConnell
Tim Dennehy
Catriona Ni Cheannabhain

Saturday 26th October 2019

Sliabh Luachra Fiddle Recital

Castleisland Kerry Irish Traditional Trad Music festival October

Venue: Crown Hotel
Doors 2pm

Matt Cranitch
Aidan Connolly
John Daly
Paddy Jones
Caoimhe Flannery
Connie O'Connell
Maida Sugrue
Emma O'Leary
Aoife Ní Chaoimh
Gerry Harrington

Téada & Séamus Begley

Saturday 26th October 2019

Venue: River Island Hotel (Night Owls Entrance)
Doors: 7pm.
Concert begins 8pm sharp

With Special guests:
-Derek Hickey, Macdara O'Faolain, Catherine McHugh
-Jimmy Crowley
- Nicky and Anne McAuliffe. Presentation to honour the two on the Gradam Ceol Award

See Téada site for more details on the band:     http://teada.com/

One of Irish traditional music’s leading exponents, Téada is driven by a fascination for the timeless, expressive force of music inherited from previous generations of musicians. Irish Music Magazine describes the band as “at the cutting edge of the next generation of Irish musicians…with a fierce familiarity with the old ways.”
Téada has appeared as a frequent headliner at major music festivals throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Africa, Russia, Israel and Australia. Highlights include a 30,000-capacity stadium concert in Brittany, along with performances at Penang World Music Festival in Malaysia, Edmonton Folk Festival in Canada, Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe, and Campeche International Festival in Mexico. In 2014 the band performed to 40,000 people during an extensive 7-week tour of Japan / Taiwan.

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Saturday 26th October 2019

Album Launch: Aidan Connolly, John Daly, Jack Talty


Venue: Brownes Back Bar
Doors: 6pm

Sunday 27th October 2019

Album Launch: Dylan Carlos, Cein Sweeney and John McCairtin

Venue: The Crown Hotel- Back Bar
Doors 5pm


Sunday 27th October 2019 @ 6pm.

"The Life and Music of Séamus Ennis."

Delivered by Peter Browne.


Venue: River Island Hotel. Upstairs. 6pm.


Jackie Daly Lifetime Achievement Concert

Sunday 27th October 2019

Venue: River Island Hotel
Doors: 7pm.

A concert celebrating the music of Jackie Daly with his friends from Sliabh Luachra and beyond. Jackie has made an invaluable contribution to the music of Sliabh Luachra and has been spreading its creed all over the world with 50 years. He has been a lifelong friend of The Patrick O Keeffe Festival and we are delighted to honour him at this years festival. The 'Dedication to the Music of Sliabh Luachra"  award will be presented to Jackie at the Sunday night concert. Joining him on stage will be many of his musical companions including Matt Cranitch, Buttons and Bows, Paudie O Connor with songs from Niamh Parsons. A limited special early bird reduced price ticket is available for those wishing to attend this special night and Téada with Séamus Begley on Saturday. €30 for admission to both concerts limited to 1st 50 tickets sold.

Line up :
Buttons & Bows (Seamus McGuire, Manus McGuire, Jackie Daly and Gary O'Briain)     More Info on Buttons and Bows
Niamh Parsons
Paudie O'Connor & Aoife Ní Chaoimh
Timmy 'Connor
Patsy Broderick
Matt Cranitch
Caoimhe Flannery & Éimear Flannery
Paul de Grae

Sunday 27th October 2019

Festival Club

Venue: The River Island Hotel. Upstairs.
Doors: 12am

Tickets: Only available for purchase through weekend pass.

Monday 28th October 2019

Poetry Extravaganza
with Gabriel Fitzmaurice


Venue: The Crown Back Bar

Doors: 3pm

Other Events


Pub Trail runs all day. Organised and impromptu sessions with Ireland’s top traditional musicians in pubs throughout the town. A detailed programme will be available online and in the pubs and River Island hotel

Saturday 2pm:

'Pop Up Gaeltacht ' andGlór na Féile‘ le Éamonn Ó Braoin and Tomas Mac Uileagóid – Brush up on your conversational Irish in an informal, relaxed class with Éamonn Ó Braoin in La Bodega

Saturday 4pm:

Finn Harper art exhibition. Finn exhibiting his amazing artwork of traditional musicians and working on some commissions for this years festival. Check out his website: https://www.finnharperartwork.com/



Pub Trail resumes and runs all day.

Sunday 11:30am:

Mass with traditional music for the departed friends of the festival. Followed by a musical remembrance at St. John’s graveyard for our parted friend and festival founding member Mike Kenny.

Sunday 2pm:

Kid’s session- Hosted by Sheila Heery. More details to follow soon.

Sunday 3pm:

Set dancing Céilí. Donie Nolan and Taylor’s Cross Céilí Band

Sunday 4pm:

‘Legendary’ Singing session. Hosted by Mikey O’Connor and Joe Walsh.



There will also be a 'Pop-up shop' with tshirts and other items of the festival, from https://traditionaltshirts.com/

Terms and Conditions

*Adult Weekend Passes can only be used by persons aged 18 and over. An Adult Pass allows you entry to ALL events over the duration of the weekend including both Saturday and Sunday nights Festival Clubs. However, please be aware that entry into the Festival Club is over 18 Only. Child Weekend Passes can only be used by persons aged 17 and under. This ticket type allows entry into all main events over duration of the festival weekend. However, it DOES NOT allow entry into The Festival Club. *