Castleisland Festival and Tír na nÓg Orphanage Linking Up for On-Line Concert

Young Kilcummin musicians Kirill and Michael Healy at the old Glountane National School for the recording of Friday night’s online concert with: Cormac O’Mahony, Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival chairman; Conor O’Mahony, festival spokesman and Elaine Prendiville, videographer. ©Photograph: John Reidy 10-4-2021 
Sliabh Luachra Immersion: Liam O’Connor visiting Patrick O’Keeffe’s old school at Glountane on a visit there  during World Fiddle Day Scartaglin in 2015. ©Photograph: John Reidy 16-5-2015

The Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival is holding an online concert in aid of Tír na nÓg Orphanage this Friday evening April 23rd at 8pm as the first of a series of similar, online, summer shows.

Links and charity details can be found on the festival Facebook page and on the links below.

The concert will be the first in a mini-series that will run throughout the summer, culminating in the 29th festival taking place from October 22nd to the 25th – with fingers crossed.

Choppy Waters for Musicians

The concerts will include a mix of young, local talent playing in the Sliabh Luachra style as well as nationally recognised artists.

The Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival is delighted to be supporting such 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 today. Liam will be accompanied by pianist, Paddy McEvoy.

Healy Brothers from Kilcummin

The concert will also feature two young Kerry brothers and outstanding musicians, Kiril and Michael Healy 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 on our Facebook page and twitter feed.

Exciting Festival Plans 

“The committee 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,” said festival spokesman, Conor O’Mahony.

Young Musician Award

“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 October.

“More information on the young musician award will be provided on Friday the 23rd of April,” said Conor.

Teaming Up with Tír na nÓg

The Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival is delighted to be teaming up with Tír na nÓg Orphanage for this concert.

Tir na nÓg is in the process of fundraising for a new children’s village for the children of Tanzania.

The building project is in conjunction with non-governmental organization Article 25 and will consist of six cottage style houses to cater for 60 children and babies.

Information on Tír na nÓg

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.

Information on and donations to the Tír na nÓg Orphanage fund can be made through the link here:

Keep in touch with the Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival Facebook page on:

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