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Rathmines Village to host inaugural traditional Irish music festival

September 11th – 14th, 2014

The first ever Rathmines Tradfest will take place over 4 nights from Thursday 11 September to Sunday 14 September.

Billed as ‘4 great nights in 4 great pubs’ the Tradfest will feature over a dozen live traditional band performances as well as informal and impromptu ‘open mike’ sessions.

Some of the live acts confirmed so far include: All Folk’d Up, Sugan, Rebel Hearts, Arís Arún, Kickin Bird, Jen Mitchell, Na Fianna and The Buggy Boys.

Best of all there will be FREE ADMISSION to all theses events with no cover charges whatsoever applying at each venue.

The participating venues are all within a 100 metre catchment in the lively Upper Rathmines area and include some famous watering holes; Rody Bolands, Slatterys, Mother Reillys and Graces.

Organizer and participant, Brian O’Meara, commented:

“Rathmines is only a stone’s throw south from Dublin’s city centre but it has a real unique village atmosphere and is steeped in history. The pub venues themselves have all been around for decades and there has been huge interest from other local businesses in this event which we plan to run annually.

He added, “The musicians that have been booked are really top class at their craft and it should be a fantastic few days of craic and ceol. Each music event will be rostered at differing times in each venue so this means that everybody can move about and new visitors can get a flavour of what each Rathmines pub has to offer.”

The Rathmines Tradfest weekend is sandwiched between the All Ireland football and hurling finals, so September promises to be a busy month in a village in which there has always been a large swath of residents from outside Dublin.

The Rathmines Tradfest is part of the Guinness Amplify series.

For further information the schedule, members of the public can visit

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