It’s Dan Paddy Andy Festival Time in the Stack’s Mountains

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Joe Harrington: inviting you to Lyre for the August Bank Holiday festival. ©Photograph: John Reidy

If you would like to dance yourself silly, have a drop of tea in the bog, win a rosette for man’s best friend or listen to storytelling that will split your sides then Lyreacrompane is the place to be over the August Bank Holiday weekend for the 18th Dan Paddy Andy Festival! A Ceilí with Donie Nolan gets things under way on Friday night and once again there promises to be fierce rivalry in the Waltzing Competition that is danced off during the Ceilí. And the trophies seem to get bigger every year.

The dogs in the street know that the Dog show is on Saturday at 3pm. Rosettes and trophies galore and the popular fancy dress competition. Later that night it is time for storytelling and the official opening is at 9pm by Lyre native, artist and designer, John Joe Sheehy who made the Dan Paddy Andy Bust all of eighteen years ago.

Frances Kennedy may well arrive in Lyreacrompane on a Ryan Air flight after her You Tube hit and Sonny Egan will certainly make his way along too. Both storytellers come with a health warning – your sides will be sore afterwards!

Great stories and a few songs no doubt and then at 10pm it’s Marquee Dancing to the mighty Mike Condon.

Sunday is dancing day at 3pm with Eddie Lee and James Kelleher and at 9pm with the irrepressible Gerard Healy Rae better known as the Singing Jarvey.

Bank Holiday Monday starts with the famous Bog Walk. Register at the Marquee from 10.15am and be ready for the start at 11am sharp.

There will be tea in the bog and you will be shown how to cut turf in the old fashioned way. Then at 1pm it is six hours of marquee dancing to Stevie Donegan and to Mike Fitzgerald and Southern Pride. The Festival ends at 7pm as there will be few left standing!!!

For further details call 068 48353 or go to You can also find us on Facebook. Search for The Dan Paddy Andy Festival – Lyreacrompane.