Patrick O’Keeffe Festival Brochure Launched

Paddy Jones, one of the surviving pupils of Patrick O'Keeffe. ©Photograph: John Reidy 13-5-2009
Paddy Jones, one of the surviving pupils of Patrick O’Keeffe, will deliver a lecture on The Music of Sliabh Luachra on the  Friday night of the festival at Browne’s Bar.  ©Photograph: John Reidy

The organising committee of the Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival has just released its 2015 festival programme.

It contains all the details locals and visitors require to locate their favourite musicians and venues for the duration of the event from its opening night at 8pm on Friday night right through to closing time on Monday night / Tuesday morning.

The festival will open on this Friday night with a gathering session at Browne’s Bar. In the course of the session at 9pm Paddy Jones will deliver a lecture on The Music of Sliabh Luachra.

The programme has been compiled with the constant and unstinting support of the people of Castleisland and its surrounding areas. Committee members have traipsed the streets of the town over the past week on their annual fund-raising drive. They have been heartened and greatly encouraged by the levels of generosity and community spirit they met from the hard-pressed business community.

The drawing together of all the elements which go into making up the festival brochure is down to the professionalism of the ever patient Laura Hartnett and the team at Walsh Colour Print.

“We hope to attract the usual levels of support for the packed programme we’ve put together and that both locals and visitors enjoy the festival,” said event Chairman, Cormac O’Mahony.

“While we put a tight plan and a ‘Pub Trail’ together for every single year of the 22 gone by, there are always great stories of accidental or impromptu sessions which break out in the course of these weekends. And that’s true of this type of festival in any corner of the country.

“We learned quickly from any mistakes we’ve made over the years because we heard about them fairly promptly afterwards. Overall though, it’s an event that people knock great enjoyment out of. They realise it’s for the good of the community as a whole and the economic life of the town without events like this is a fairly sobering thought,” said Cormac.

Tickets for the Sunday night 8pm concert can be booked by ringing: 066 71 42555.

You can view the programme and the pub trail on the brochure with a click here: Patrick O Keeffe 2015-24pg DL-proof-5