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Saturday 30 August 2014

A great line-up for Easter Féile

Padraig Byrne

Published 08/04/2014 | 05:24

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Over the past two years, Easter has brought the Pan Celtic International Festival to Carlow. Although Pan Celtic has moved to Derry this year, the town intends to host its very own festival as it presents the Carlow Easter Féile.

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Over the past two years, Easter has brought the Pan Celtic International Festival to Carlow. Although Pan Celtic has moved to Derry this year, the town intends to host its very own festival as it presents the Carlow Easter Féile.

This four day festival will run from Thursday April 24 until Sunday April 27 with an exciting programme events that are sure to prove very popular with the people of Carlow and beyond.

Among the planned events to take place over the four days are the Country Fleadh Cheoil, four magnificent concerts, a session trail featuring some of Ireland's finest traditional musicians, storytelling, sean-nós and ceilí workshops, music and dancing, a busking competition, family fun and more.

Also back by popular demand following a wonderful performance at Pan Celtic will be the Garda Band who will open proceedings with a free outdoor concert in Plás na Saoirse car park on Thursday, 24 April at 2 p.m. Later that night Irish music legend Frances Black will top the bill at the aptly named 'Follow Me Up to Carlow Concert' in The Seven Oaks Hotel.

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St Mary's Church will play host to a very special concert entitled 'Remembering Brian Boru' at 7 p.m. on Friday April 25, featuring national and international musicians marking the millennium of the death of Brian Boru at the Battle of Clontarf in 2014.

A traditional concert in Reddy's function room will officially launch Fleadh Cheoil Cheatharlach at 8:30 p.m. on Friday night with the fleadh running its programme of competitions, sessions and impromptu performances throughout the weekend.

The Easter Féile session trail will feature the cream of traditional Irish musicians from all over the country playing at designated times in Teach Dolmain, Reddys, Tullys, Carpenters and Racey Byrnes.

These musical delights, combined with a vast array of workshops, dancing, street busking and plenty to see and do for the little ones, have all the ingredients for a great festival.

Full details of the festival will be unveiled at the launch of the Carlow Easter Féile in the Fairgreen Shopping Centre on Sunday at 3 pm. The public are invited to come along for a taster of what to expect over the four days of festivities in Carlow this Easter.

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