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Sean McCarthy Weekend Festival 2017

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Dates for the Sean McCarthy Weekend Festival

4th - 7th August 2017


The Fureys in Concert

In Loving memory of the late John Joe Sommers of Irremore & Boston

Date: Friday 4th August

Venue: Teach Siamsa Finuge

Time: 8pm - 10pm

Admission: Tickets €20 or ring 087 9049371

The FUREYS....

are responsible for some of the most stirring music ever to capture the public imagination. Their folk based music has received standing ovations in some of the biggest concert halls of the world and they credit their musical ability to their parents, Ted and Nora, who were well known musicians themselves. They encouraged their sons to play music from a very early age and there was live traditional music in their house almost nightly.


About Liam O Connor

Liam O’Connor, one of Ireland’s leading fiddle players, was born into a musical family in Dublin. His father Mick O’Connor is a flute player and researcher of music who was a founder member of the Castle Céilí Band. During his youth, Liam was taught by Séamus Glackin and won several All-Ireland and Oireachtas fiddle titles. He was awarded TG4 Young Musician of the Year in 2002. He has performed as a soloist and in duets with Liam O’Flynn, Noel Hill and Harry Bradley among others. In 2009, he released a critically acclaimed CD entitled “Dublin Made Me” with uilleann piper Seán McKeon and in March 2017 he will release his long awaited solo cd “The Loom”.



Sean McCarthy Ballad Competition Ballad Winner 2016


Winner: John Kinsella (Listowel) Song: “The Slopes of my Own Cnoc An Oir”

Recievesa Cheque for €1,250 and a throphy


Runner Up: Paul Dolan (Swords Co Dublin) Song: “The Ballad of Harry Gleeson”

Recieves a cheque for €500 

Sponsors: Mike & Sue Nillson, IMRO & the Estate of Sean McCarthy


Mick McCarthy Story Telling Competition 

Winners 2016


Joint winners 1st place: Francis Kennedy  (Listowel) and Tom Moore (Moyvane)

Recieves a cheque for €500 each

Runners up 2nd place: Daisy Kearney  (Ballyhahill) and Paddy Regan (Cork)

Recieves a cheque for €250 each

Sponsor: Lionel McCarthy



Sean McCarthy

Photo by: Brendan Landy