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August 3rd – 6th, 2012

The world famous traditional group De Danann with Eleanor Shanley, Derek Warfield & the Young Wolfe Tones, The Irish Youth Harp Orchestra, Australian Street entertainer Timothy Terror, Liam Purcell & Friends, Shebeen, Matt Cunningham, Swallows Tail and the O’Carolan Country Céilí Band are booked to play at the Keadue O’Carolan Harp Festival which has now established itself over the years as one of Ireland’s leading musical events.

The 2012 Festival which is held under the auspices of Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Eireann and in memory of the great harper and composer Turlough O’Carolan who is buried in Kilronan Cemetery will take place over the Bank Holiday weekend from August 3rd – 6th, 2012.

A Summer School in Traditional Irish Music, Song, Set Dancing and Sean Nos Dancing will take place the week before the Festival from July 29th to August 3rd, 2012. Now in it’s 34th year this very popular event promises to be even more successful than the previous Festivals. Marketing of the Festival has been intensified with inclusion of the activities on the Internet and promotion by Fáilte Ireland and Ireland West and the following magazines: The Folk Harp Journal USA. United Kingdom Harp Magazine, Sounding Strings, Scotland, Aoife Magazine, Set Dancing News and Discover Ireland, together with the Irish Music Magazine, Irelands Eye, Irelands Own, Hot Press and the Irish Post.

Throughout the Festival weekend there are Concerts, Music Sessions, Door Dancing Ceilís, Lectures and of course The International Harp Competitions will take place on Saturday August 4th with a prize fund of e2,500 sponsored by local company Arigna Fuels Ltd. The winners of this prestigious competition in previous years came from the USA, France, Japan, Scotland, England, Germany and of course Ireland.

Students attending the classes at the Summer School can avail of the following workshops: Harp, Flute, Tin Whistle, Fiddle, Banjo, Button Accordion, Piano Accordion, Concertina, Bodhran, Traditional Singing, Set Dancing and Sean Nos Dancing.

For further information on the 2012 festival visit the websites: and Email:, Tel: 087 2459222 or Tel: 00353 71 9647247/00353 71 9647284.

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