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
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...
Eddie Lenihan

Eddie Lenihan

When Eddie Lenihan, “Ireland’s greatest living storyteller”, appeared in Irish national television’s 12-part series ‘Storyteller’ in 1986, most of those seeing and hearing him were doing so for the first time. However, two further series titled ‘Ten Minute Tales’ in 1987 and 1988 changed all that for good. But what viewers did not know was that...
Nic Gareiss

Nic Gareiss

Nic Gareiss has studied a broad variety of percussive movement forms from around the world.  At age eight he began taking tap lessons with Sam Williams at Vision Studio of Performing Arts in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.  Soon after, he was exposed to fiddle music and traditional dance at the Wheatland Music Organization’s annual Traditional Arts...
Paul Muldoon

Paul Muldoon

Paul Muldoon was born in 1951 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, and educated in Armagh and at the Queen’s University of Belfast. From 1973 to 1986 he worked in Belfast as a radio and television producer for the British Broadcasting Corporation. Since 1987 he has lived in the United States, where he is now Howard...
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...