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Wed 28th January to Sunday 1st February 2009
Dublin’s premier celebration of traditional Irish Music and Culture
in the heart of the city

TRAD ‘09
The dates for the Temple Bar Trad 2009 Festival of Irish Music and Culture have been announced. From Wednesday 28 January till Sunday 1 February Temple Bar will come alive with a series of festival concerts and will feature a rich line up of musical performances, showcase concerts, workshops, children’s events and much more in a celebration of traditional Irish music and culture.

The Festival
Dates for the fourth annual Templebar Trad Festival have been announced and with an incredibly strong line-up the festival seems set to build on the successes of previous years.

Programmed by Roise Goan this five day festival is Dublin’s premier celebration of traditional Irish music and culture in Dublin’s cultural quarter in the heart of the city.

This years festival which is once again sponsored by Bushmills will show case some of the best musicians on the traditional Irish music circuit. Festival organisers are confident that this year’s trad extravaganza will raise the bar for festivals at home and abroad.

One of the acts set to headline this years festival are Solas established in 1996, Solas has been loudly proclaimed as the most popular, influential, and exciting Celtic band to ever emerge from the United States.

The addition of the Glackin brothers to this year’s line-up marks a major coup for the Temple Bar Trad Fest as the three have not performed on stage together in quite some time. Hailing from Clontarf in Dublin the brothers Paddy, Seamus and Kevin Glackin are among the most highly regarded fiddle players in Ireland.

The marrying of the voices and musical talents of Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill, Triona Ní Dhomhnail, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Máire Brennan will be sure to create an unforgettable musical experience and one of the festival highlights.

If this wasn’t enough a combination of street theatre, cultural workshops, film screenings and family based events will see Temple Bar playing host to Dublin’s biggest and most eclectic traditional festival so far.

During the five days and five nights of the Trad Festival, many of the bars and pubs in Temple Bar will come alive with regular trad and folk music sessions. Several hundred musicians from around the country will play in these sessions over the weekend and admission to these is free.

Patron of the 2008 festival was internationally renowned actor Stephen Rea and previous participants in the festival have included At First Light, Gráda, Mozaik, Dónal Lunny and outstanding traditional singers from the Irish and Scots Gaelic tradition; Róisín Elsafty, Susan McKeown, Sinéad Cahir and Julie Fowlis. Some of Ireland’s most accomplished instrumentalists; Tommy and Siobhán Peoples, Jackie Daly, Niamh Ní Charra, John Wynne & John McEvoy and Breda & Claire Keville.

The Area - Temple Bar, Dublin

Temple Bar is one of the oldest parts of Dublin City and is renowned internationally for its vibrant and unique atmosphere. For a comprehensive guide to Temple Bar including how to get there, where to stay and current events, log on to


The festival is organised as a non-profit venture by Temple Bar traders group, TASCQ [Traders in the Area Supporting the Cultural Quarter] and is support funded by Diageo under the Bushmills brand, Dublin Tourism and the Arts Council. Other sponsors and supporters include Temple Bar Cultural Trust, Blooms Hotel, The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children, Irish Music Magazine.

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