Kilfenora welcomes back its traditional music festival

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SWEET music will ring out once again around the historic village of Kilfenora, when some of the finest local and national players and singers gather there from April 21 to 24.

In just over two months’ time, the village will stage the 14th annual Kilfenora Traditional Music Festival.

The hugely anticipated event first got underway in 2009 in tandem with the 100th anniversary of the Kilfenora Céilí Band.

As always, this year’s programme will include a wealth of great concerts, céilíthe, CD launches, pub sessions and a young musicians’ workshop.

The main concert will be staged on the night of Saturday, April 22. This year, the event features a mighty array of talent and All-Ireland winners, including Órlaith McAuliffe, Daithí Gormley, Dylan Carlos and Brian McGrath, supported by three fine singers – Katie Theasby, Kathleen Lynch and Theresa Garrihy, plus an award-winning young musician from the 2022 Meitheal Summer School.
Tickets are €20 and will be available online as well as in various outlets nearer to the date.

Saturday will also see a ‘Riches of Clare’ concert in Kilfenora Cathedral during the day, as well as a couple of great CD launches

A huge highlight of this year’s festival will be the Sunday afternoon Céilí Mór in Kilfenora Square from 2pm. This free event will feature a youth band followed by the mighty Kilfenora Céilí Band.

Other events include a Saturday night céilí with the Star of Munster band; a young musicians’ workshop on Sunday; a Singers night on Friday as well as a dance performance. Over the course of the festival weekend, there will be an array of open music sessions for traditional musicians in the pubs.

Regular updates will be available on and the Kilfenora Festival Facebook page.

Fiona McGarry

Fiona McGarry joined The Clare Champion as a reporter after a four-year stint as producer of Morning Focus on Clare FM. Prior to that she worked for various radio, print and online titles, including Newstalk, Maximum Media and The Tuam Herald.
Fiona’s media career began in her native Mayo when she joined Midwest Radio. She is the maker of a number of radio documentaries, funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). She has also availed of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to report on development issues supported by Irish Aid in Haiti.
She won a Justice Media Award for a short radio series on the work of Bedford Row Project, which supports prisoners and families in the Mid-West. Fiona also teaches on the Journalism programmes at The University of Galway.
If you have a story and would like to get in touch with Fiona you can email her at or telephone 065 6864146.

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