2021 Festival

Programme of Events

COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate Required to attend all events at the festival.

Friday 22nd October 2021

Official Launch in the River Island Hotel


Eoin ‘Stan’ O’Sullivan presents ‘Transmissions’

How Sliabh Luachra Music has been passed down through the years.


Session Trail begins with some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians in pubs throughout the town. Continues until late.



Saturday 23rd October 2021
Registration from 10.30 am

Classes & Workshops

Venue: St Patrick’s Secondary School

College Rd, Castleisland.

Fiddle –Aoife Ní Chaoimh (Sliabh Luachra Workshop) , Connie O’Connell & Macdara O’Raghallaigh
Online Tutor: Tara Breen
– Link to purchase place at online class: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/tara-breen-online-workshop-patrick-okeeffe-festival-tickets-179250953427
Accordion –Paudie O’Connor (Sliabh Luachra Workshop) & Danny O’Mahony,  Conor Connolly
Banjo -Brian Mooney
FluteJoe O’Sullivan (Sliabh Luachra Workshop) & Eileen de Paor
Concertina –Mairead Corridan (Sliabh Luachra Workshop), Michéal Ó’Raghallaigh,
Traditional singingCathy Jordan
Uileann Pipes – Peter Browne (Sliabh Luachra Workshop)

Please note, all attendees of the classes will receive free entry into the Sliabh Luachra Fiddle Recital in The Ivy Leaf Arts Centre at 2pm

Pre booking essential. Text 0857869067 or email patrickokeeffefestival@gmail.com with your name, level of ability and instrument.


Saturday 23rd October 2021

Sliabh Luachra Fiddle Receital

Venue:   Ivy Leaf

MC: Matt Cranitch

Connie O’Connell
Macdara Ó’Raghaigh
Aidan Connolly,
Aoife Ní Chaoimh
Diarmuid O’Brien
Nickie McAuliffe
Emma O’Leary
Liam Flanagan


Saturday 23rd October 2021

Pop-Up Gaelteacht

Venue: The River Island Hotel

Micheál Ó Ciardubháin and Eamonn O Bhraoin host a Pop Up Gaeltacht in a relaxed, informal setting. Ceol, caint agus craic.

3pm:    Pub Trail resumes and runs all day until late

Saturday 23rd October 2021

Singing Concert

Venue: Hartnett’s Bar

Don Stiffe
Mickey MacConnell
Ella Marie O’Dwyer
Tim Dennehy
Niamh Parsons


Saturday 23rd October 2021

Aidan Connolly Album Launch.
‘The Portland Bow’

Venue: The Crown Function room

Saturday 23rd October 2021

Dervish in Concert

Venue: River Island Hotel

Also Featuring:

Danny O’Mahony, Macdara Ó Raghallaigh and Michéal Ó’Raghallaigh


Sunday 24th October 2021

Mass with Traditional Accompaniment for departed friends of the festival.

Followed by a musical remembrance at St John’s Graveyard for our departed friend and

festival founding member Mike Kenny


Sunday 24th October 2021

Junior Trad Session

Venue: The Ivy Leaf

Hosted by Sheila Heery.

Kids session open to all levels of abilities. Session leaders Maura O’Connor and Emma O’Leary.

Parental Supervision required.

Tea/Coffees will be provided


3pm:    Pub Trail resumes and runs all day until late

Sunday 24th October 2021

Denis Murphy Lecture

Venue:  River Island

Peter Browne



Sunday 24th October 2021

Sliabh Luachra Record Label Launch the Albums of

Bryan O’Leary, Maura O’Connor & Emma O’Leary

Venue: Ivy Leaf Arts Centre


Sunday 24th October 2021

Legendary Open Singing Session

Venue: Brownes Back Bar

Hosted by The Great Mikie O’Connor and Joe Walsh


Sunday 24th October 2021

Diarmuid O’Brien & Donal O’Sullivan Album Launch:

‘Abroad in the Back Kitchen’


Venue: Hartnett’s Bar

Sunday 24th October 2021

Sliabh Luachra Composers Concert

Venue: River Island Hotel

Jackie Daly
Nickie McAuliffe
Edel Fox
Connie O’Connell
Young Musician Award
Sliabh Notes

Tickets available here:

Or Double Concert pass here:



Monday 25th of October

3pm:    Pub Trail resumes and runs all day until late