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Féile Lughnasadh – Milltown, Co. Kerry

August 3, 2023 August 6, 2023

This FREE family friendly festival in Milltown, Co. Kerry on the August Bank Holiday weekend celebrates the ancient Celtic festival of Lughnasadh, the Irish harvest festival, with Frankie Gavin and De Danann confirmed as the festival headliners.

Féile Lughnasadh in Milltown is a community-based family-oriented festival which is deeply rooted in a strong tradition of Irish music festivals and events, and organised by the Milltown-Listry branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.

It features four days of free concerts, céilís, music and singing sessions, workshops, and family fun, all of which is centred on the ancient harvest festival of Lughnasadh.

The festival opens on 4th August with a special Lughnasadh parade and bonfire.

All events at this festival are FREE of charge with the objective of maximising inclusion and accessibility for all ages and groups. All ages are catered for. A family parade and bonfire is oriented towards children and families as are Lughnasadh workshop and play/magic events.

Top-quality traditional Irish music entertainment is provided by presenting a series of open-air concert performances and ceilís in the Square.

Frankie Gavin and De Dannan who have been a feature of the Irish music scene for almost 50 years will perform open-air in the Square in Milltown on Saturday, 5th August.

‘We are absolutely thrilled to be bringing Frankie Gavin and De Dannan to Féile Lughnasadh this year. Frankie and the band are the cream of the crop of Irish traditional music and bring with them with a reputation which has been rightly celebrated across the globe,’ said the chairman of Milltown-Listry Comhaltas, Turlough O’Brien.

Speaking ahead of the concert performance in Milltown, Frankie Gavin said:

‘Myself and the band are really looking forward to our concert in Milltown on 5th August. I have a phenomenal team with me for the festival. We decided to get back on the road and perform after a long ‘rest’ as in recent times I had a health scare but happily survived all the treatments for oesophageal cancer.

‘Life is wonderful again and the music means more to me now than ever, I’d say. A new and different appreciation of our traditional music, or indeed, a new perspective altogether you might say,’ said Frankie Gavin.

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