Online concert in aid of Tír na nÓg Orphanage

The Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival is holding an online concert in aid of Tír na nÓg Orphanage this Friday the 23rd April on our Facebook page.


The concert will be the first in a mini-series that will run throughout the summer, culminating in the 29th festival taking place from the 22nd to the 25th of October (in person fingers crossed.) There will be a mix of young, local talent playing in the Sliabh Luachra style as well as nationally recognised artists taking part in these concerts.The Patrick O Keeffe Traditional Music Festival is delighted to be supporting artists in the choppy waters that musicians currently navigate.


This concert will feature Liam O’Connor (head of the Irish Traditional Music Archive and one of the most renowned fiddle players in traditional Irish music) and Paddy McEvoy. The concert will also feature two young Kerry musicians Kiril and Michael Healy, both from Kilcummin. This concert is in aid of Tír na Nóg Orphanage in Kerry, which helps children displaced from their homes in Tanzania. If people wish to donate to the charity they will find a link to the charity on our Facebook page and twitter feed. They can also go to


The festival will also be announcing some very exciting news about plans for the festival. With the support of the Arts Council of Ireland we are very pleased to be commissioning four pieces of music to be written in honour of the great fiddle master himself Patrick O’Keeffe. We will also be establishing a young musician award, to go alongside the long running ‘Dedication to the Music of Sliabh Luachra Award’ which the festival bestows upon a worthy individual every year. More information on the young musician award will be provided on Friday the 23rd of April.


The festival is delighted to be teaming up with Tír na nÓg Orphanage for this concert. Tir na nÓg are in the process of fundraising for a new children’s village built for the children of Tanzania. The building project is in conjunction with NGO ‘Article 25’ amd will consist of the following 6 cottage style houses to cater for 60 children and babies.

Each house will cater for 10 children and a live in Mama. The houses will be complete with solar panels, bathroom, shower, covered verandas and play area.


Once they have reached this goal, their aim is to build the communal dining hall, library space, guest house and large recreation space for the children to play and run around in.


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