Traveling in Ireland in 2017

Festivals to consider attending!!

Information gathered from Irish Music Magazine, 26 Clare St., Dublin 2, Ireland

and other sources,
As of July, 2017
Irish Festivals in Ireland and abroad

Ardara, County Donegal, information on the town

Information: Patrick McGill 01135374953.7949 or call Eileen 011 353 86 239-1441.


Irish Festivals in Ireland & Beyond


•  August 13 to 21, Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann, Ennis Co. Clare. On 27 August, Lunasa's 20 th Anniversary celebration w/ Ralph McTell, The Mairtin O'Connor Trio @ Shannon Aerodome Ennis. 011.353.65.684.3103 .


•  August 19 to 27, National Heritage Week, all around Ireland, .


•  August 23 to 27, Masters of Tradition Festival, Bantry Co. Cork. Entertainment features : Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill, Noel Hill, Cormac Begley, Jack Talty & more. Information: . Tel: 011.353.27.52788, 13 Glengarriff Road, Bantry, Co. Cork


•  August 24 to 27, Tonder Festival, Denmark, .


•  August 24 to 28, Cornwall Folk Festival in Wadebridge, England.


•  August 25 to 27, Coleman Traditional Festival, Co. Sligo, .


•  August 26 to 27, International Irish Music Festival, Bondeno, Italy. .


•  August 26 & 27, Irish Traditional Music Camp in Takashima, Japan. and .


•  Newfoundland Tour September 2017 featuring Benny McCarthy, Conor Moriarty, Graham Wells, & Billy Sutton. Information:


•  September 2017, Gerry Whelan Memorial Weekend, Cootehill, Co. Cavan. .


•  September 4 to 10, lúr Cinn Fleadh, Newry City Music Festival, Newry, Co. Down


•  September 8 to 10, Feile Cheoil Larry Reynolds, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. .


•  September 8 to 10, Dingle Tradfest 2017, Dingle, Co. Kerry. and . Music with Maeve Gilchrist & Nic Gareiss, Velocity, Orlaith & Brogan McAuliffe, Kern, Mairin Fahy & Chris Kelly, Ruben Bada Trio, Session Trail, Battle of the Trad Bands + more.


•  September 14 to 17, Gig'n the Bann Music and Dance Festival, Portglenone, Co. Antrim. . Top performers spanning Traditional, Scottish, Gospel & Folk Music. Entertainment includes: Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle, Tim Edey, The Sands Family, The Whistlin' Donkeys, plus more. .


•  September 15 to 17, Fingal Fleadh & Fair at Swords Castle, Dublin. Free Workshops, Concerts, & Talks, opening with Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny, Paddy Glackin, Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle and Stór Mo Chroí. Plus Alan Doherty, Karan Casey, Tola Custy, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and Donogh Hennessy, plus more. or .


•  September 15 to 17, The 13 th Gerry Whelan Memorial Weekend in Coothill at Durmlin House in Coothill, Co Cavan @ 8pm. Line-up includes: Aoife Cunningham, Seamus Tierney, Fergus Bogue, Karen Dolan, Daire Smith and Carmel Fay. Guests from the Ring of Gullion CCE branch in Co. Armagh. Plus more. . ClaireTel: 011-353-86-350-2852.


•  September 22 to 24, Johnny Doherty Traditional Music and Dance Festival, Ardara, Co. Donegal. . or . Entertainment w/ Aiden O'Donnell, Ciaran O' Maohaigh, Kevin O'Donnell & Special Guests, + Altan, the Friel Sisters, Duntally Ceili Band, Sets & Ceili Workshope.


•  September 22 to 24, Galway International Oyster Festival, www. galwayoysterfestival .com and



•  September 28 to October 1, 38 th Cork Folk Festival, . Entertainment includes: DONOVAN, Na Mooneys from Donegal Gaeltacht featuring sisters Mairéad & Anna NíMhaonaigh and brothers Geróid & Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, Andy Irvine, Tríona & Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill, and many more. . Email: .


•  October 4 to 8, The Irish Festival of Oulu. / ( in Finland). Irish concerts including: Clann Mhic Ruari, Rianta, Dervish & Altan. Top Finnish bands: Droichead, Narrow Neck, Ylasirtola Ramblers and from Sweden the duo Reeds.


•  October 6 to 8, Scoil Cheoil Na Botha, , in Scotstown, Co. Monaghan. Includes instrumental and vocal workshops; tutor's recital, heritage walks & talks, and more. Information: , Email: .


•  October 6 to 14, Celtic Colours International Festival, Cape Breton Island, Canada. .


•  October 11 to 22, The Fenians, (Terry Casey, Rob Williams, Brendan Harkins, Chris Pierce, & Tardu Yegin), out of Orange County, CA, will tour Ireland. They will perform in three concerts: Galway @ The Quays, in Kinsale @ The Trident Hotel's Wharf Tavern, and In Kilkenny, The Irish Weavers, Matt the Millers will host the final concert. Information: .


•  October 13 & 14, Dingle Folk Fest, . Entertainment includes: Donal Lunny, The Atlantic Arc Orchestra, Pauline Scanlon, Jarlath Henderson, Aidan O'Rourke, Padraig Byrne, Éilís Kennedy with Fire and Grace, plus more.


•  October 24 to 29, Galway Bay's 14 th Annual Celtic Music Feis (Washington State). Entertainment: Crooked Jacks, Ockham's Razor, The Black Donnellys, The Whiskey Dicks, Seamus Kennedy, Tallymore, St. James Gate, Ojizo and more. Information: .


•  October 24 to October 30, Return to Camden Town, festival of Traditional Irish Music, Song, & Dance. Includes: Matt Molloy, John Carty & Arty McGlynn, The Bonny Men, Noel Hill, Gatehouse, Mick O'Brien, Aoife Ni Bhrian& Caoimhin O'Fearghall, and more. Information: / .


•  October 28 to 31, Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival, Tel: 011-44-28 7125 3253, Email: Check out



•  November 3 to 5, Copenhagen Irish Festival. Featuring Len Graham & Jack Lynch, Buttons & Bows, Gatehouse, plus more. , and Facebook / .



•  February 3 to 10, Joanie Madden's Folk'N Irish Cruise to the Western Caribbean on Norwegian Epic, departing from Port Canaveral, Florida. Entertainment: Cherish The Ladies, Lunasa, The Black Family, Susan McCann, Frankie Gavin, Don Stife, Rory Makem & Donal Clancy (Makem & Clancy), plus more. or 1-855-Irish-CR. Also Alaskan Adventure August 19 to 26, 2018.


February 21 to 28, The Gathering Traditional Festival, , at the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney. Ceili Bands úi Bhriain, Neily O'Connor, Shandrum Ceili Band, Striolan Ceili Band & Johnny Reidy. Lots of music here.