Celebrating the Legacy of Captain Francis O’Neill
From 11th to 13th September 2015, we celebrate the musical legacy of Chief O’Neill in Bantry, with a traditional Irish music festival to highlight his achievements as a collector of traditional tunes.
The Chief O’Neill Festival 2015 Programme
Friday 11 September
7.00PM Bantry Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóití Éireann, a night of music, songs, local sets and stories with Fear a’ tí Seán Ó Sé.
Venue – The Ouvane Falls Hotel, Ballylickey.
Time – Junior Session at 7pm followed by music, singing and dancing at 9pm
Saturday 12 September
10am – 12 noon. Flute Workshop
Venue – The Mariner (Over the Brick Oven Restaurant,
Please phone 087 684 2066 to book workshop.
11.30am Bantry Library Saol le Ceol – John Dwyer Remembers
Interview with John Dwyer. John recounts his lifelong experiences from his early days.
The interview will be conducted by Nicky McAulliffe and will include rare early recordings of John, as well as a tune or two from the man himself.
3.30pm – Organico Cafe, Glengarriff Road Session Trail
The very best of Irish traditional music will be celebrated in the pubs in Bantry town.
9pm – The Boston Bar Singing Session
Top class recital of Irish Traditional Singing, with Fear a’ tí Michael Marrinan.
11.30pm – The Boston Bar Festival Club
Late session of Irish Traditional Music and some songs for the weekend celebration.
Sunday 13 September
Traditional Music at Tralibane Bridge followed by nature walk
The music heard at Tralibane Bridge was a great influence on Francis O’Neill in his formative years, therefore its fitting to have a session of Irish traditional music at Tralibane Bridge. The music will be followed by very informative walk to the O’Neill monument. The walk will be conducted by local man Timmy McCarthy.
1:30pm Free shuttle bus available outside The Mariner/The Brick Oven to Tralibane Bridge (via O’Neill Monument). Shuttle Bus courtesy of Cremin Coaches.
1:50pm Performance of Chief O’Neill’s Favourite Music. All musicians welcome to join in this musical tribute at Tralibane Bridge.
2pm Walking Tour (2 miles approx.) with local historian Timmy Mc Carthy – from Tralibane Bridge to The O’Neill Monument, via O’Neill’s birthplace.
Drivers are requested to use the car park at The O’Neill Monument and a shuttle bus will take you to the starting point of the walk at Tralibane Bridge.
Shuttle bus after the walk to return people back to Bantry.
2:30pm Annual Pattern Day – Music and Dancing at O’Neill Monument in Tralibane
The pattern day is a traditional Irish celebration during which a local community celebrates its links to its ‘patron saint’.
5pm – The Farewell Session -The Mariner Bantry
A relaxed session and get together of Irish Traditional Music and fond farewell to the weekend after all the music, singing and dancing of the week end.
Venue – The Mariner (Over The Brick Oven Restaurant)
For more details, please see the festival website.