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The 19th Gathering Traditional Festival returns bigger and better than ever. With concerts, céilís and more sessions than ever there will be music around every corner of the Gleneagle Hotel on February 21-25.

This five-day festival attracts trad fans from the US, Britain, France, Germany and all over Ireland. Previous highlights of the festival have included performances by legends of Irish traditional music like Danú, Mike McGoldrick and Téada.

The céilís are a festival favourite and they return to The Gleneagle Hotel Ballroom featuring Uí Bhriain, Neily O’Connor, Striolán Céilí Band, Shanadrum Céilí Band and the Johnny Reidy Céilí Band.

One of this year’s highlights will be two of Scotland’s most acclaimed traditional musicians Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham who headline the Saturday night concert. Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham have established themselves as the epitome of excellence in the world of traditional music and have been described as "probably the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear”. With their musical magic and quick-witted humour they will pull your emotional strings one moment and have you falling off the seat with laughter the next. With their incomparable mastery of fiddle and accordion they have been delighting audiences across Scotland and the world. Joining them on stage Saturday night will be Máirtín O’Connor, Cathal Hayden and Seamie O’Dowd.

Thursday night kicks off with Four Star Trio: Con O’Drisceoil, Pat Herring, Johnny McCarthy & special guest Paddy Jones. On Friday there will be a trio of trios featuring Raw Bar Affair with Sean O’Sé, Des Dillons Dance Puppets and Buttons & Bows, Saturday Afternoon Concert with Back West, Claire & Sinead Egan, Eoin O’Neill, Pauric McDhonnacha; Sunday Afternoon with Socks in the Frying Pan, Jack Talty and John Blake and the Sunday Scattering Concert with the Karen Casey Band and Seán Kelliher, Dean Griffin, Aileen Bourke & Ciara O’ Shea & Seamus Begley, Méabh Begley and Donagh Hennessey.

For those who love a late-night session, this year’s programme of events is jam packed. Highlights include the Festival Club House Band: Seán Murphy, Tim O’Shea, Dermot Byrne, Eileen O’Brien, Orlaith & Brogan McAuliffe, The Rising, Ciara O’Shea, Aileen Bourke & Lily Sweeney, Tim Hickey and many more.

Budding musicians or even those looking to enhance their skills can partake in the schedule of Gathering workshops and masterclasses including fiddle, accordion, concertina, flute, set dancing, sean nós and singers masterclass. The Schools Outreach Programme will once again visit schools in the lead up to the festival, showcasing the Sliabh Luachra tradition of music and set dancing.

Festival passes cost just €55 and include entry to all concerts and céilís. Tickets to individual concerts and céilís are also available and range from €10 to €25. For more information visit thegathering.ie.

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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