O'Carolan Harp Festival
& Summer School 2011

Keadue, County Roscommon, Ireland
Summer School

July 24th - July 29th 2011
Classes daily from 9.30am to 1pm

Festival Fri July 29th - Monday Aug 1st 2011


The Festival held in honour of the famous Harper and composer Turlough O'Carolan includes Concerts, Set Dancing Céilís, Harp Recitals, Lectures and Music sessions.

Harpers and traditional musicians world wide are now coming in big numbers to Keadue for the August Bank Holiday Festival.


The following are some of the Artists who have performed at the Festival over the years: The Chieftains, Sean Keane, De Dannan, Altan, Archady, Dervish, Stocktons Wing, Maire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman, Belfast Harp Orchestra, Gráinne Yeats, Dordán, Mary Black, Sharon Shannon, Frances Black, Laurie Riley, Michael Bean, Therese Honey, Harper Tasche (USA), and Birkin Tree.

Fri July 29th - Monday Aug 1st 2011

Concerts and Entertainment 2011

Friday July 29th - Opening of Festival

  • 8.30pm: Harp Concert in Keadue Church with Seana Davey & Band.
  • 10.00pm: Céili in St Ronan's Hall. Music by Matt Cunningham

Saturday July 30th

  • 10.30am: Harp competitions commence. Full details on Harp competitions page
  • 9.00pm: Dartry Ceili Band in Concert in St Ronan's Hall. All-Ireland Fleadh winners

Sunday July 31st

  • 10.00am: Seán O'Riada Mass in Keadue Church
  • 3.30pm: Official Opening of Festival by President Mary McAleese preceded by parade
  • 4.30pm: Traditional Music and Song with Shebeen with Guest appearance of Sean Nós ar an tSionnan (RTE All-Ireland Talent Show Finalists)
  • 6.30pm: Music Session - featuring Liam Purcell & Friends
  • 9.00pm: Eleanor Shanley and De Danann in Concert in St Ronan's Hall

Monday Aug 1st

  • 11.00am: Visit and laying of wreath at O'Carolan's grave
  • 12.00 noon: Lecture in Kilronan Castle
  • 3.00pm: Traditional Music & Song (Street Entertainment) with Mad For Road (RTE All-Ireland Talent Show Finalists)
  • 5.00pm: Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones (Street Entertainment)
  • 7.00pm: Internationally Renowned Door Dancing Competition

Harp Display - by Harp Maker Colm O'Meachair during Festival

Harp Competitions

Saturday July 30th 2011

euro2500 Prize Fund.     

Full Details of Harp Competitions


Contact us by email as needed below:

Phone Contacts:

  • Harp Competitions +353 (0) 71 96 47284
  • Summer School +353 (0) 71 96 47284
  • Festival Enquiries +353 (0) 71 96 47204
    or +353 (0) 71 96 47247


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O'Carolan Harp Festival & Summer School, Keadue, County Roscommon, Ireland