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The Johnny Doherty Festival
Fri 27th September - Sun 29th September 2019

Traditional Irish Music & Dancing Festival



2019 Programme


Friday 27th September


Opening Concert

Dermot Byrne, Yvonne Casey and Steve CooneyThe Beehive Bar – 8.00pm
Dermot Byrne, Yvonne Casey and Steve Cooney with Special Guests from Scotland!


Sets & Céili

The Heritage Centre – 9.30pm
Sets and Céili with the Duntally Céili Band


Saturday 28th September


Sets & Céili Workshop

The Heritage Centre – 11am to 1pm
Sets & Céili Workshop with Clement Gallagher


Two Hand Dance Workshop

The Heritage Centre – 2pm to 4pm
With Anne Connaghan and Connie McKelvey


Dance the Tune

The Diamond – 4pm to 5pm
With Stephen Gallagher


Four Men and a Dog

four men and a dogThe Nesbitt Arms Hotel – 8pm
Superb concert with Four Men and a Dog.
Four Men & a Dog made a name for themselves with their eclectic and vivacious blend of traditional Irish music with a wide spectrum of other genres, including rap, Southern rock, jazz, blues, bluegrass, polka, country swing, and even salsa.


Sunday 29th September


Cró na Cléire Hillwalk

Departing from The Heritage Centre – 10.30am
A Guided Hill Walk with Kevin.
A local walk with beautiful panoramic views of Ardara Town, with Killybegs and Benbulben in the distance, the stunning Glengesh Pass where Johnny Doherty often walked on his way to Ardara, and the mountains of Aighe and Common.
Duration: About 4 hours.
Moderate walk. Good hiking gear essential.
Fee: €25
Contact Kevin 087-6734875 for more information


Sean Nós Dance Workshop

The Heritage Centre – 11am to 1pm
With Brenda O’Callaghan


Dance the Tune

The Heritage Centre – 11am to 1pm
With Tara Connaghan


Sets & Céili

Nesbitt Arms Hotel – 3pm to 6pm
Sets & Céili with The Ceilidh Time Céili Band


The Friel Sisters in Concert

The Friel SistersThe Beehive Bar – 8pm
Finale Concert with the Friel Sisters.
Anna, Sheila and Clare Friel are traditional musicians born in Glasgow with their family roots firmly entrenched in the Donegal Gaeltacht (Derrynamansher). Being siblings, they achieve a close blend on fiddle, flute and uilleann pipes interspersed with songs sang in unison, many from their family and local repertoire.


Pubs and Extra Events

Teague’s Bar
Traditional Music All Weekend

Beehive Bar
Donna Harkin, Jim Byrne, Bernard Kelly & Friends
Fiona Heywood

Corner House
Traditional Music All Weekend

Martin McGinley & Friends

Live Music All Weekend

Traditional Music All Weekend




Pat – 087 6900714
Eileen – 086 2391441


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