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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Dairena Ní Chinnéide

Dairena Ní Chinnéide

Ó Chorca Dhuibhne a shíolraigh Dairena, file sa dá theanga, a chaith seal mar chraoltóir, iriseoir, léiritheoir teilifíse agus ateangaire i bParlimint na hEorpa. Tá “An Trodaí & Dánta Eile/The Warrior and Other Poems”, “Poll na mBabies” agus “Bleachtaire na Seirce” i measc na  gcnuasaigh filíochta atá foilsithe aici ó 2005. Chraol RTE agus RnaG...
Official launch in the Abbey Theatre

Official launch in the Abbey Theatre

Féile na Laoch had its official launch in the Abbey Theatre today, where Seán Ó Riada was musical directory for five years. Among the guests at the launch were old friend’s of Seán’s such as the great flute player Michael Tubridy. RTÉ coverage of the event can be seen on their site at http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/0721/seanoriada.html
Seán Óg Ó hAilpín

Seán Óg Ó hAilpín

We are delighted to announce Seán Óg Ó hAilpín (born 22 May 1977 in Rotuma, Fiji) as sporting hero at Féile na Laoch. Seán, a former dual player, is an iconic sportsperson and he currently plays hurling with his local club Na Piarsaigh and was a member of the Cork senior inter-county team from 1996...
Michael D. Higgins

Michael D. Higgins

Michael D. Higgins has had a multitude of labels attached to him – politician, orator, philosopher, human rights activist, and now presidential candidate. But it is especially for his gift of poetry that we welcome him to Féile na Laoch. Michael D. was born in Limercik seventy years ago, and commented that while he had...
Glac páirt sa cheolfhoireann / Join the orchestra!

Glac páirt sa cheolfhoireann / Join the orchestra!

Féile na Laoch is looking for volunteers for our festival orchestra, and we welcome applications from qualified musicians who want to take part in this unique event celebrating the life of one of Ireland’s most famous composers, Seán Ó Riada. Just fill out the form below and we will get back to you as soon...

Coverage in The Irish Times 25/6/11

An Irishman’s Diary FRANK McNALLY, IRISH TIMES, 25th JUNE 2011 I STAND TO be corrected, and no doubt I will be. But it is my belief that the River Sullane in West Cork is very unusual – perhaps even unique – among Irish waterways, in being male. You wouldn’t know to look at it that...
Seán Ó Sé

Seán Ó Sé

Seán Ó Sé is best known for his singing, especially through his work with Seán Ó Riada. He lives with his wife Eileen in Cork City. They have three in family, Áine, Con and Íde. Seán was born in January of 1936 in Ballylickey near Bantry, Irish was his first language. He went to school...

Seán Ó Sé ina laoch / Seán Ó Sé announced as hero

Tá lúchair ar Fhéile na Laoch a fhógairt go bhfuil an t-amhranaí cáiliúil, Seán Ó Sé, ina laoch don fhéile 2011. Is mar amhránaí is mó a bheadh aithne ag daoine ar Sheán Ó Sé, go mór mór de bharr a chuid oibre le Seán Ó Riada. Biodh is gur o Bhéal Átha na Lice,...
Seán Ó Riada

Seán Ó Riada

Seán Ó Riada (1 August 1931 – 3 October 1971), was a composer and bandleader, and perhaps the single most influential figure in the renaissance of Irish traditional music from the 1960s, through his participation in Ceoltóirí Chualann, his compositions, his writings and his broadcasts on the topic. Early life Born John Reidy in Cork...