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.

Laochra / Heroes

Laochra an Aeríocht

Reacairí/Story-tellers: Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh Ré Ó Laighléis Seán Ó Morgha Charlie Bird Dónal Ó hÉalaithe Eddie Lennihan Michael O’Loughlin   Amhránaí/Singers: Seán Ó Sé Christy Moore Cara O’Sullivan Glen Hansard Flora MacNeil Josie Sheáin Jeaic Mac Donncha Eoiní & Dainní Maidhcí Ó Súilleabháin   Ceoltóirí/Musicians: Martin Hayes Phil Coulter Louis Stewart Laoise Kelly (replacing Tony...
Dónal Ó hÉalaithe

Dónal Ó hÉalaithe

Saolaíodh D. Ó É. ar na Millíní, baile fearann i bparóiste Bhaile Mhuirne sa bhlian 1933. Feirmeóirí a mhuintir agus bhí feirm bheag aca ann ar leacain an tsléibhe. Bhí ceathrar sa chlann, triúr iníon agus an t-aon mhac amháin –Dómhnall.  Chuaigh se ar Scoil Bharr D Ínse agu ba léir ón gcead lá ann ‘do...
Anthony Lynch

Anthony Lynch

  Tá Anthony Lynch ag imirt  le Corcaigh ó 1999. San am san tá sé tar éis ainm a dheánamh do fhéinig mar cosantóir comhsheasmhach agus muiníneach go forleathan. Tá dhá ghradam All-Star bainte amach aige agus ní dhéanfar dearúd ar an méid atá deánta aige dá chontae le fada an lá.   Anthony Lynch...
Michael O'Loughlin

Michael O’Loughlin

Michael O’Loughlin was born in Dublin in 1958. In the 1970s he founded Raven Arts Press with Dermot Bolger. He has published five collections of poetry, the most recent of which is In This Life, recently published by New Island. He has written screenplays for many feature films, and is also active as a critic...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...