Eibhlis Ni Riordain smWelcome to Féile Patrick Byrne 2020, an Irish traditional music festival held annually on the Palm Sunday weekend in and around Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan.  Organised by the Carrickmacross branch of Comhaltas, the event honours the Farney harper Patrick Byrne (c.1794-1863) who was the first Irish traditional musician ever photographed.  The féile has been running since 2007 and aims to showcase the best of traditional music and dance with concerts, workshops, sessions, talks and a sets céilí.

View Féile Patrick Byrne promotion video here     https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7HnwoRAb_KOk6FGbge8qqA


Féile Patrick Byrne postponed again

Siobhan Armstrong 1 768x1024The Government decision to place the entire country under level 3 restrictions has forced us to postpone our concert planned for the Patrick Kavanagh Centre with Pádraig Mc Govern and Sabina Mc Cague on 9 October. The event was the second of two socially distanced concerts planned for the Patrick Kavanagh Centre.

The first was successfully held on 3 October with historical harper Siobhán Armstrong and singer Eibhlís Ní Ríordáin before a socially distanced audience. The night was a great success with the duo performing songs and music from the old Irish wire strung harp tradition, including material from the repertoire of nineteenth century local harper Patrick Byrne.

padraig sabina 3The event has been filmed and the plan is to broadcast it on social media on Saturday 17 October as part of the National Harp Day celebrations. We had hoped to do the same with the concert featuring uilleann piper Pádraig Mc Govern and harper Sabina Mc Cague. With it now postponed out hope is that the concert can be restaged before Christmas.