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.

Ceoltóirí / Musicians
Steve Wickham

Steve Wickham

Steve Wickham was born in Dublin in 1960 and studied violin with Nell Kane at the Royal College of Music in Chatam Row, Dublin. He moved from Sligo to Dublin in 1992. Steve is perhaps best known for his violin playing with the Waterboys. He has record with artists as diverse as Elvis Costello, Declan...
Tony MacMahon

Tony MacMahon

Tony MacMahon was born in 1939 and grew up in the Turnpike in Ennis. His father, PJ, came from Kilmaley, not far from Miltown Malbay, and an area steeped in traditional music and dancing. His mother played the concertina. Joe Cooley, who worked in Ennis for several years was a regular visitor to the house....
Louis Stewart

Louis Stewart

Born January 5th, 1944, Louis Stewart began his musical career in the sixties as a member of the Dublin jazz scene. In 1968 he received an invitation to the Montreux Jazz Festival together with the Jim Doherty Quartet. He came away with the pressaward for “Outstanding European Soloist of the Festival”. The following year–again in...
Phil Coulter

Phil Coulter

Up in that Pantheon inhabited by the biggest selling recording artistes of all time in Ireland,  rubbing shoulders with Bono and the Boys, you might be surprised to bump into Phil Coulter.   You shouldn’t be! It’s now twenty years since the distinctive sound of Tranquility, featuring Phil’s piano and orchestra, first seduced the whole...
Allan MacDonald

Allan MacDonald

Allan MacDonald was born in 1956 and raised in the Gaelic-speaking community of Glenuig in a family that includes two equally famous piping MacDonald brothers: Iain and Dr. Angus. Allan was taught first by Pipe Major John MacKenzie of Campbelltown at Queen Victoria School in Dunblane, and later by Bob Nicol and Roddy MacDonald of...
Míċeál O’Rourke

Míċeál O’Rourke

Pianist Míċeál O’Rourke has built a career as a highly respected performer and brings special insights into the music of Mozart, Chopin, Debussy and Ravel. He has played at most major venues on four continents including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the International Music Centre in Moscow, the National Concert...
Martin Hayes

Martin Hayes

Martin Hayes is regarded as one of the most extraordinary talents to emerge in the world of Irish traditional music. His unique sound, his mastery of his chosen instrument – the violin – his acknowledgement of the past and his shaping of the future of the music, combine to create an astonishing and formidable artistic...