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Below we have detailed a variety of locally based festivals available throughout Ireland. Information on these events has been grouped according to the province in which they take place.

Historically, Ireland has been divided into the four provinces of Connaught - Connacht, Leinster - Laighean, Munster - Mumhan and Ulster - Uladh. Connaught is located in the west of Ireland, Leinster in the east, Munster in the south and Ulster in the north. Local festivals are a common feature of Ireland, with almost every town and village having their own. Some are based on a particular topic every year - such as an aspect of local history, or a local musician. Often, they combine a number of aspects of culture, so there is generally something for everyone to enjoy.


  Connaught - Connacht
- Brideswell Celtic Festival, Brideswell, Co. Roscommon  
  There will be no Brideswell Festival in 2002.
  full details here
- Connaught Fleadhanna, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann
  Each county has its own Fleadh Cheoil, followed by provincial finals and finally the all-Ireland final.
  full details here
- Cumar, Indreabhán, Gaillimhe
  Cumar is an annual music school taking place in the Galway Gaeltacht
Cumar 2002 takes place in Ceantar na nOileán and Camus 1 - 6 April 2002
  full details here
- Dr. Douglas Hyde Summer School, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon
  The school also has a very important festival element with nightly sessions in local pubs.
The summer school takes place from 1st - 7th July 2001.
  full details here
- Joe Mooney Summer School, Drumshanbo, Co.Leitrim
  This summer school of traditional music from July 20th - 27th 2002 includes a general festival component alongside music workshops, including :
1 - Lectures on different aspects of traditional music and related topics
2 - Céilithe, sean-nós dancing classes and a grand traditional concert
  full details here
- Josie McDermott Memorial Festival, Ballyfarnon, Boyle, Co. Roscommon  
  The festival includes a range of events, most importantly a concert flute competition.
- Takes place from 4th - 7th May 2001
  full details here
- O'Carolan Harp and Traditional Music Festival, Keadue, Co.Roscommon
  This festival takes place from 2nd - 5th August 2002 and features a wide variety of events
1 - Traditional Music concerts and competitions
2 - Fishing competitions
  full details here
- Pléaráca Chonamara, Ros Muc, Co. na Gaillimhe  
  Féile cheoil agus ealaíon Gaeltacht Chonamara, ar siúl i Meán Fómhair 2002.
  full details here
- Scoil Acla, Acaill, Co. Mhaigh Eo
  This summer school has an accompanying festival featuring art exhibitions, lectures, drama, and local crafts, among others.
The school takes place from 29th July - 11th August 2002
  full details here
- South Sligo Summer School, Tubbercurry, Co.Sligo
  This is a well-known school of traditional music, song and dance
It takes places from 14th - 20th July 2002.
  full details here
- The James Morrison Traditional Music Festival, Riverstown, Co. Sligo
  This is an annual music festival featuring workshops, sessions and a grand concert- takes place 26th - 28th July 2002
  full details here
- Westport Arts Festival, Westport, Co. Mayo  
  The festival has a wide programme of events guaranteed to suit every taste, and takes place from 14th - 22nd September 2001.
  full details here

  Leinster - Laighean
- Áras Uí Ghramhnaigh, Ráth Cairn, Co. na Mí  
  Comharchumann Ráth Cairn organise three different annual festival events :
1 - Éigse Dharach Uí Chatháin, a sean-nós singing festival taking place from 13th - 15th October 2000
2 - Féile na Mí, a festival including sean-nós singing competition taking place on 25th November 2000
3 - Siamsóir na Mí, a competition to find the best all-round entertainer on 9th December 2000
  full details here
- Éigse Sliabh Rua, Sliabh Rua, Co. Kilkenny  
  This event incorporates history, poetry, storytelling and general culture and normally takes place around the second weekend in November.
  full details here
- An t-Oireachtas, 6 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2
  This is a very important festival of traditional music and song, especially within the Irish-speaking community. The festival takes place in two parts, one in Dublin and the second will be in Gaoth Dobhair for 2002.
This year's May festival will take place in Dublin 9 - 12 May 2002
  full details here
- Féile Phan Cheilteach, Oifig Fáilte, Cill Chainnigh  
  An annual International Celtic festival taking place from 2nd - 7th April 2002, including :
1 - Competitions between the different Celtic nations
2 - Nights of music, song and dance.
  full details here
- Féile an Fhómhair, Carlow Town, Co.Carlow  
  This is a bilingual festival based on a different aspects of Irish culture every year
- takes place 22 - 27 October 2002
  full details here
- Leinster Fleadhanna, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann
  Each county has its own Fleadh Cheoil, followed by provincial finals and finally the all-Ireland final.
  full details here
- O'Carolan Harp, Cultural & Heritage Festival, Nobber, Co. Meath  
  This festival from 5th - 7th October 2001 contains two basic components
1 - Lectures, historical tours and art exhibitions
2 - Workshops in musical instruments, with emphasis on the harp
  full details here
- Sean Nós Cois Life, Baile Átha Cliath.
  The festival takes place from 19 - 21 April 2002, and is aimed at promoting sean-nós singing, includes :
1 - Workshops in sean-nós singing and dancing
2 - Music sessions, dancing sessions and storytelling, among others
  full details here

  Munster - Mumhan
- Éigse na Brídeoige, Waterville, Co. Kerry  
  This traditional festival of local culture celebrates the feast of St. Bridget and takes place from 9th - 11th February 2001.
  full details here
- Féile na Bealtaine, Daingean Uí Chúis, Corca Dhuibhne, Co. Chiarraí  
  A festival of arts, politics and music- takes place from Wednesday 1st May - Monday 6th May 2002.
  full details here
- Féile na nDéise, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford  
  This event includes lectures on local history, storytelling and exhibition and takes place 3rd - 6th May 2002.
  full details here
- Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, Lios Tuathail, Co. Chiarraí  
  This year Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann takes place in Listowel, Co. Kerry,
from 23rd - 25th August 2002.
  full details here
- Fleadh Nua, Ennis, Co. Clare
  The Fleadh Nua takes place in Ennis from 23rd - 27th May 2002.
  full details here
- Guinness Fleadh by the Feale, Abbeyfeale, Co.Limerick
  An annual local festival taking place from 2nd - 6th May 2002 combining
1 - Tuition in traditional music instruments
2 - Street busking competitions, traditional music competitions, among others
  full details here
- Irish World Music Centre, University of Limerick, Limerick  
  The Centre runs an annual festival of dancing with workshops, Tráth na gCos, which takes place at the end of March.
  full details here
- Lawlors Hotel, Dungarvan, Co.Waterford  
  Lawlor's holds a traditional music weekend during the month of November every year.
  full details here
- Millennium Festival of Singing, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary  
  The Nenagh Traditional Singers Club will take part in the Millennium Singing Festival, which takes place in the month of April 2000.
  full details here
- Munster Fleadhanna, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann
  Each county has its own Fleadh Cheoil, followed by provincial finals and finally the all-Ireland final.
  full details here
- Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, Miltown Malbay, Co.Clare
  The Willie Clancy school and festival takes place from 6th - 14th July 2002
  full details here

  Ulster - Uladh
- An Creagán Visitor Centre, Creggan, Omagh, Co. Tyrone BT79 9AF, Northern Ireland
  Féile an Fhómhair, a traditional music festival, takes place from 13th - 15th October 2000, and features a variety of traditional musicians, mostly from the local area.
  full details here
- Féile Chnoc Fola, Gaoth Dobhair, Co. Dhún na nGall  
  Féile Chnoc Fola takes place from 3rd - 6th August 2001, and celebrates different aspects of local culture, includes :
1 - Sports events, as well as traditional farming competitions such as sheep shearing
2 - Musical events, competitions and some lectures on local history
  full details here
- Féile na nAmhrán, An Mullach Bán, Co. Armagh  
  A festival celebrating the singing traditions of Ireland and Scotland- takes place in May 2001
  full details here
- Frankie Kennedy Winter School, An Bunbeag, Co.Dhún na nGall  
  This school of traditional music takes place from the last weekend in December until the New Year
  full details here
- Mick & Mícheál Carr Memorial Festival, Mín na nAoirí, An Charraig, Co. Dhún na nGall  
  This is an annual traditional music festival taking place in the Donegal Gaeltacht. There is also music on bankholidays weekends - Easter, June, October
Festival takes place 1st - 4th June 2001
  full details here
- The Thirteenth International Folk Song and Ballad Seminar, Inishowen, Co. Donegal
  The Millennium International Folk Song and Ballad Seminar festival takes place from 22nd - 25th March 2002. The theme of the festival is 'It's a Fine Thing to Sing - Rural Folk Songs and Urban Ballads'.
  full details here
- Tommy Makem International School of Song, Tí Chulainn, Mullaghbawn, Co. Armagh  
  This festival will feature a host of lectures on the singing tradition, as well as workshops, concerts, tours of this historic area.
- takes place from 20th - 23rd June 2001
  full details here
- Ulster Fleadhanna, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann
  Each county has its own Fleadh Cheoil, followed by provincial finals and finally the all-Ireland final.
  full details here
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