Féile na Laoch (The Festival of Heroes) celebrates our cultural heroes, including storyteller, poets, actors, dancers, singers, and musicians.
The féile was inspired by the life and work of one of Ireland's true cultural giants, Seán Ó Riada, and this year we commemorate 80 years since his birth and 40 years since his death.

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Judith Mok

Judith Mok

Born in Bergen in the Netherlands. After Graduating at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague at a very young age, Judith Mok won French and Dutch State Grants to study in Vienna under Christa Ludwig and her mother Eugenia. In Paris she studied French repertoire with Pierre Bernac and Noemie Perugia. She participated in masterclasses...
Diarmuid de Faoite

Diarmuid de Faoite

Diarmuid de Faoite is well known as an actor, writer and director – both on stage and on television – particularly through his Irish language work. He has won both The Stewart Parker Trust Award and Duais Aitheantais an Oireachtais for his one-man play, ‘Pádraic Ó Conaire’ and, together with Paul Brennan and Lara Campbell,...
Monica Loughman

Monica Loughman

Monica Loughman is regarded as Ireland’s best-known and most accomplished Ballerina.  She has four ballet schools in Dublin and other schools around Ireland have adopted her teaching model. Monica began her ballet training aged 4 training once a week in Dublin before moving to Russia at the age of 14 to train with the Perm...
Darragh Ó Sé

Darragh Ó Sé

Deirtear gur duine des na h-imreoirí lár páirce is fearr a d’imir an cluiche riamh is ea Darragh Ó Sé. D’imir sé le foireann Chiarraí idir 1994 agus 2009. I rith an tréimhse seo bhuaigh sé Craobh na hÉireann leo sé n-uaire agus bronnadh gradam ‘All-Star’ air trí h-uaire. Tá níos mó cluichí imeartha aige sa...
Cainteoir Deimhnithe don Comhdháil, Confirmed Conference Speaker: Ted O Sullivan

Cainteoir Deimhnithe don Comhdháil, Confirmed Conference Speaker: Ted O Sullivan

Tá Ted O Sullivan mar duine des na cainteoirí a bheidh ag an Comhdháil ar a 2 a chlog an Dé Domhnaigh do Féile Na Laoch(31ú Iúil) in óstán an Abbey, Baile Mhúirne. Tadhg Ó Súilleabháin (Timothy Ted O Sullivan) B.A., Árd.T.O., M.Comm. _____________________________________________________________________ OIDEACHAS   2004 – M. Comm.,  U.C.C. 1995 – Diploma in...
Charlie Bird

Charlie Bird

Charlie Bird was born in Sandymount, Dublin in 1949. He was recruited into RTÉ by Eoghan Harris in the mid 1970s. For many years in the 1990s, Bird was the only point of contact between RTÉ and the Provisional IRA. He witnessed at first hand the ceasefires and the subsequent twists and turns of the peace process. In 1998,...
Cainteoir Deimhnithe don Comhdháil, Confirmed Conference Speaker: Trevor Sargent

Cainteoir Deimhnithe don Comhdháil, Confirmed Conference Speaker: Trevor Sargent

Tá Trevor Sargent mar duine des na cainteoirí a bheidh ag an Comhdháil ar a 2 a chlog an Dé Domhnaigh do Féile Na Laoch(31ú Iúil) in óstán an Abbey, Baile Mhúirne. Our place of work: the small industrial unit, its role in Irish society today and its development in the future here. High tech/...
Liturgical Music: Cór Chúil Aodha & Maynooth College Chapel Choir

Liturgical Music: Cór Chúil Aodha & Maynooth College Chapel Choir

Saturday 30th of July, 4p.m. Ceolchoirm/Concert, Séipeál Chúil Aodha (Cúil Aodha Church) . Free entry. Saturday 30th of July, 7.30pm. Vespers, Maynooth College Chapel Choir. Séipeál Chúil Aodha. Sunday 31st of July, 11a.m. Seán Ó Riada Aifreann 1. Live broadcast on raidió (RnaG) and available worldwide. Cór Chúil Aodha: Bunaíodh Cór Chúil Aodha sa bhliain...
Gabriel Fitzmaurice

Gabriel Fitzmaurice

Gabriel Fitzmaurice was born, in 1952, in Moyvane, Co. Kerry where he still lives. He teaches in the local Primary School.   A former Chair and Literary Advisor of Writers’ Week, the Writers’ Conference in Listowel, Co. Kerry, he is author of more than twenty books, including poetry in English and Irish, children’s verse in...
Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh

Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh

Rugadh Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh i nDún Síon, taobh amuigh den Daingean i gContae Chiarraí sa bhliain 1930, an ceathrú as ochtar clainne. Mar a bhí coitianta sna laethanta seo, ní raibh raidió ar bith sa tigh, ach fuair sé a chéad bhlas de agus é ag éisteacht le ceann de chuid na ndaoine béal-dorais sa...
Nuala Rua Ní Dhomhnaill

Nuala Rua Ní Dhomhnaill

Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill is one of the most prominent poets writing in the Irish Gaelic language today. Her poetry has been translated into English by a number of well-known Irish poets, including Seamus Heaney, Medbh McGuckian, and Paul Muldoon. Irish themes, including language, are central to her poetry and range from ancient myths to small...
Barry McGovern

Barry McGovern

McGovern is a former member of the RTÉ Players and the Abbey Theatre Company. A prolific actor, he has worked in theatre, film, radio and television, as well as written music for many shows, and co-written two musicals and directed plays and operas. Films include Riders to The Sea, Joe Versus the Volcano,Billy Bathgate, Far and Away, Braveheart, The Disappearance of...