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.

Léacht le hÉamon de Buitléar agus Rory Harrington

Léacht le hÉamon de Buitléar agus Rory Harrington

Éamon de Buitléar and Dr. Rory Harrington gave a joint lecture in Óstán Ghobnatan (The Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney) at on Sunday 2nd October, titled “Exploring the Nature of Ireland’ Countryside”. Ireland’s countryside, its nature and the quality of life that it offers was explored with some suggestions as to how...
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...
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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...
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...
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...
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...